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Organizational Behavior and Leadership Styles

Part One: You are the supervisor of the clerical support assistant for the department. You have never had formal leadership responsibilities before, and you wish to maximize the possibility that you will be successful with this new responsibility. On your own (not at the direction of your supervisor), you investigate major leadership theories and models. Develop a pro's and con's list involving these theories/models. Reflect on each theory and comment on how the theory fits with your own personal style. For example - with a contingency style of leadership, perhaps this would not fit with someone's style if that person believes that all subordinates should be treated identically.

Utilize Supplemental Links
- Big Dog's Leadership Page - Leadership Styles (http://mmahood.mm.funpic.org/Leadershipsite/content/BigDog/Leader-1.pdf)

Part Two: Meet with other department members; Talk about the differences in organizational structures and how they can impact a company's bottom line. Use examples from your own previous work experience.

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Develop a pro's and con's list involving these theories/models. Reflect on each theory and comment on how the theory fits with your own personal style.

There are three different styles of leadership: (1) authoritarian (autocratic), participative (democratic), and delegative (free reign). According to Big Dog's Leadership page but I found more.

Authoritarian - Authoritarian leaders are firm but fair. They tactfully provide clear direction but leave no doubt about what is expected or who makes the final decisions. They solicit some input from subordinates on how to do the job and ways to make the job easier. Authoritarian leaders see their influence as a key part of their job. They persuade subordinates to do the job by explaining the "whys" behind decisions. They monitor all jobs closely and provide negative and positive feedback to their subordinates.

Big Dog's Leadership styles says - This type is used when the leader tells his/her employees what he/she wants done and how he/she wants it done, without getting the advice of his/her people. Some of the appropriate conditions to use it is when you have all the information to solve the problem, you are short on time, and your employees are well motivated. Some people think that this style includes yelling, using demeaning language, and leading by threats and abuse of power. This is not the authoritarian style - it is an abusive, unprofessional style of leadership. However, if you have the time and you want to gain more commitment and motivation from your employee, then you should use the participative style.

Democratic - This style of leadership relies on participation of the group. Democratic leaders believe subordinates should take part in the decision-making process. They base decisions on the consensus of opinion of the entire group. They consider specific direction and close super- vision unnecessary in completing the job when trust has been established. They frequently hold meetings and listen to their subordinates. Democratic leaders usually reward average performance and rarely give negative feedback or punishment.

Big Dog's Leadership styles says - This type of style involves the leader including one or more employees in on the decision making process (determining what to do and how ...

Solution Summary

This response addresses the three different styles of leadership: (1) authoritarian (autocratic), participative (democratic), and delegative (free reign) according to Big Dog's Leadership page, along with others found from different sources. A discussion of organizational behaviour and the various forms within this category have also been included. In total this response is 1,398 words and includes references.

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