Management Styles

Management styles vary by company, industry and individual. You wouldn’t expect a car dealership to run the same way a rubber plant or t-shirt factory operates. Small business management styles are different than the way corporate will run. If you go into management you will get to explore some of these different styles.
Does your management style resemble a coaching episode straight off the football field? Then you are a participatory manager. In an environment with changing priorities this can be efficient; by empowering the staff to gather information and make decisions. It makes total sense especially when different managers become the point person on projects that involve their particular skills and abilities.
Choosing a servant management style, you will seek to aid and advocate for the employees and also the customers. You can hire the best and most talented people to govern a business then step back and let them do what they do best. Advising staff to treat customers “to be of service” is the motto of this style throughout the company.
Setting an example or high standard is a form of active management. If you don’t ask others to do an assignment you wouldn’t do yourself this is for you. This style is hands-on and highly involved in all aspects of the running of the company.
If a company wants to promote confidence, capacity and appreciation among staff and the stakeholders they use a democratic management style. It promotes joint decision making. Obviously it can be a slow process getting unanimity among all the voices. But if a new project or changes in implementation need to be addressed this makes for an easier “buy-in”. If everyone feels they are part of the solution or changes they are more likely to participate.
The main thing about management styles is if one method isn’t working, try another? Knowing what’s available and what works in different environments is the job of the management team.
Sources Cited: Tony Morden, Principles of Management, 2004. Print.

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