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Would you prefer to work for a leader with an autocratic, democratic or laissez-faire style? Are there circumstances where autocratic leadership might be preferable and more efficient? (What are they?) Are there circumstances where laissez-faire leadership might be appropriate? (What are they?)

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I would prefer to work with laissez-faire style leadership because such leadership type will allow me to unleash my potential, innovation and creativity by providing me much needed autonomy and flexibility.

Yes, autocratic leadership is important in situations where greater degree of control is required. In other words, there are projects or situations that require strong leadership and greater level of control by leader. In such situations, autocratic leadership works well.

"Despite having many critics, the autocratic leadership styles offer many advantages to managers who ...

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Would you prefer to work for a leader with an autocratic, democratic or laissez-faire style? Are there circumstances where autocratic leadership might be preferable and more efficient? (What are they?) Are there circumstances where laissez-faire leadership might be appropriate? (What are they?)

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