Depending on your management style, there are some business owners who are able to easily lead their employees and keep them motivated in moving the company towards its mission, and ultimately move towards good, solid profits. For others, though, coming up with great business ideas may be your forte – but managing other humans, not so much.
Six Key Management Style Attributes
If you are currently managing people (or you soon will be), there are six styles of management or leadership cited in a recent Hay-McBer study that people usually engage in. These include the following:
- The Directive – Managers with a directive style will usually lead in more of a controlling manner. For example, they will closely monitor their employees in a “do it the way I tell you to” way.
- The Authoritative – The authoritative management style is also firm, but at the same time fair. He or she will provide clear direction on what needs to be done, and tends to motivate employees with persuasion and frequent feedback.
- The Affiliative – Managers with an affiliative style will try to create harmony between him or herself and the employees, as well as the employees with one another. The style of motivation with an affiliative manager is in vying to keep everyone happy.
- The Participative – Participative managers will work to build commitment with their employees by allowing all to provide their input and decision making.
- The Pacesetter – Pacesetters aim to accomplish things using a high standard of excellence. Oftentimes, managers with this style will do things him or herself, yet also expects very high standards from their employees.
- The Coach – Managers with more of a coaching style will work to provide both short- and long-term development with their employee team. In doing so, they will oftentimes motivate by offering the opportunity for professional development.
Which Management Style is Best for You?
The reality is that there is no specific management style that works better than others in all cases. In fact, ideally, the best option(s) will typically depend on the tasks you’re working to accomplish, as well as the people and the situation. With that in mind, according to the Huffington Post, it is the managers who have the most flexibility in style who usually receive the best outcomes from their employees.
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