Page 4: Management styles
Justin wanted to improve his management style. A survey carried out by CMI showed that managers frequently use unsuitable or inappropriate styles for the task at hand.
When asked, 'What is the dominant type of management style in your organisation?', the most common replies were 'authoritarian' or autocratic (21%) and 'bureaucratic' (16%). Far fewer of those surveyed identified positive features of management such as 'innovative' (7%), 'trusting' (9%), and 'empowering' (7%).
Studies of managers at work have identified a number of distinct management styles and where
these are appropriate. Organisations with trained managers benefit from having a consistent and professional approach across the business.
Managers need to learn to adapt their style to ensure employees will respond.