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A leadership style survey is a good way of starting your thinking about leadership. Using leadership style is a different way from leadership competencies of explaining leadership.

Leadership style here refers to a leader's behaviour. It is the result of the personality , values and experience of the leader. One of the more well known approaches here was developed by Kurt Lewin who characterised leadership by some of the environments it was expressed in.

Even if you haven't heard about Mr Lewin you will have undoubtably heard of some of his styles which include autocratic, democratic or participative or free reign or lasissez faire. These styles are just as relevant today and you can download the attached PDF and try this leadership style survey out yourself for free.Ok before you have a go at the leadership style survey lets put a few words around some of these styles .

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Autocratic or authoritarian style

Under the autocratic leadership style, all decision-making powers are centralized in the leader, as with dictator leaders.This is similar to the directive style from situational leadershipAutocratic managers do not entertain any suggestions or initiatives from subordinates. The autocratic management can be successful as it provides strong motivation to the manager. It permits quick decision-making, as only one person decides for the whole group and the manager keeps each decision to himself until he feels it is needed to be shared with the rest of the group.The autocrat tells others what to do but not necessarily the "why"It might be an appropriate model where the team has low experience and skills or there is a critical urgent situation with no time for debate. It has to be used sparingly to be effective with modern workforces.

Participative or democratic style

The democratic leadership style favours decision-making by the group as shown, such as leader gives instruction after consulting the group.This style can help managers win the co-operation of their group and can also motivate them effectively and positively. The decisions of the democratic leader are not unilateral as with the autocrat because they arise from consultation with the group members and participation by them. Democratic doesn't mean everything is put to the vote and there may be times when the manager is participative but retains the right to make the final decision after consultation. Over used it could be perceived as weak leadership by some teams depending on the situation.

Laissez-faire or free rein style

A free-rein leader does not lead, but leaves the group entirely to itself as shown; such a leader allows maximum freedom to subordinates, i.e., they are given a free hand in deciding their own policies and methods.

It is worth remembering that different situations call for different leadership styles. In an emergency when there is little time to come to a consensus and where a designated authority has significantly more experience or expertise than the rest of the team, an autocratic leadership style may be most effective; however, in a highly motivated and aligned team with a good level of expertise, a more democratic or laissez-faire style may be more effective.

When you are completing this leadership style survey remember that the leadership style adopted should be the one that most effectively achieves the objectives of the group while balancing the interests of its individual members.

Also this leadership style survey is provided here not so that you get the right answer but you have the opportunities to ask the right questions about your leadership style now and in the future.

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