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    Consider the most favorable aspects of each style discussed to describe a process by which a problem can be identified and described to stakeholders in a manner that is sensitive to their perspectives.

    A) Consultative I
    B) Consultative II
    C) Autocratic I
    D) Autocratic II
    E) Groups

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    1) Autocratic I (AI): Completely autocratic. You solve the problem or make the decision yourself using the information available to you at the present time.
    Decision is made quickly and without argument from others during the decision making process. There is a loss of synergy, but the manager can claim responsibility for the right decision and create an aura of professional abilities. The weakness is that facts can be overlooked or the process is too quick and skewed toward the needs of the autocrat.

    In this case, the problem is identified and solutions sought by the manager without any help from anyone else and no information is asked of the people who are involved. This leads to people doing the work feeling devalued.

    2) Autocratic II (AII): Request specific information. You obtain any necessary information from team members/subordinates, then decide on the solution to the problem yourself. You may or may not tell subordinates the purpose of your questions or give information about the problem or decision you are working on. The input provided by them is clearly in response to your request for special information. They do not play a role in the definition of the problem nor in generating or evaluating alternative solutions.

    This allows for the main problem of the autocrat 1, by giving the autocrat needed information that he/she may not have. The problem is the person can be seen as hiding or taking credit for decisions. S/he may not ask the right questions or get all the correct information necessary because they do not explain the ...

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    A discussion of critical thinking styles and how they are part of the decision making process, including the stakeholders part in the process.