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What’s your Management Style?

On25/ 04 /18
Congratulations – you‘ve made it to management level in your organisation. Now, apart from a new title and a pay rise, you are also managing a number of staff that need your guidance, expertise and skills so they can work towards increasing the firm’s profitability.

To succeed as a manager, you need to decide on, or at least be aware of your management style. This is the manner in which you approach your leadership, supervision role and building relationship with the employees.

We have rounded up the six most common management styles to help you understand your managerial style and how you could perhaps introduce other elements to provide the best leadership for your team: 


Great for managing team members with little or no experience, directive (or autocratic) management is characterised by controlling and motivating your employees with discipline in order to follow your standards and decisions.

Going for a strictly directive leadership style might not necessarily bring you any closer to your team, but can guarantee strong results which are particularly desired if you happen to work for a large organisation.


If your key strategy as a manager is to inspire and provide your team with a long-term vision, then the authoritative leadership is the route to go. 

Inspired by worldwide leaders such as Bill Gates and John F. Kennedy, authoritative management gives you the opportunity to build your reputation and set an example for your staff by taking a “firm but fair” approach. This is very beneficial if you are aiming to maximise your team performance by embracing their freedom and allowing them to work however they want to. 


Utilising this “people come first” strategy can support your efforts of promoting harmony, morale and communication within your team as well as emphasising emotional connections. 
Adapting to an affiliative style is great when collaborative work needs to be accomplished, but might cause some trouble when it comes to making tough decisions or handling a crisis. 


Due to its free-flowing nature, democratic management can be easily integrated within rapidly changing environments such as advertising and design industries, but can be also utilised in other areas where clear communications and creative problem solving are required, such as PR and business consulting.


If you happen to be an aspiring manager who is concerned about the team growth, then coaching style management is an option for you.

This leadership style emphasises the consideration of workers’ needs, training and development, while helping employees to develop their strengths as well as improve their performance. 


If you’ve ever caught yourself performing many tasks personally while setting high standards for yourself and others, then it means that you are a pacesetting manager. 

The phrase that best describes your operating mode is “lead by example”, as the pacesetting leader expects the employees to able to pick up where they left off. 

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