What is an example of authoritative leadership

Authoritarian leadership style

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An authoritarian leadership style is characterized by the fact that the manager alone has the scepter in his hand. With the leadership idea that all threads come together at one point, one person leads and delegates all others according to the top-down principle. He gives the leader unlimited power and obliges the subordinates to obey. Failures are punished. The leader acts as an authority without access to his person. He has control over all processes and can make quick decisions and make changes. At the same time, however, he also cuts the motivation and innovative commitment of his subordinates. Authoritarian leadership style also means a higher risk of wrong decisions, because the decision-making power lies exclusively in the hands of one person.

Both the patriarch and the charismatic superior belong to the group of authoritarian leaders.

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Authoritarian leadership style
The essence:

1. All information is bundled with the manager.

2. Rules and instructions determine the work processes.

3. Strong performance orientation in leadership.

4. Distance between management and employee level.

5. The needs of the employees hardly play a role.

6. Tasks are delegated without discussion.

7. No room for initiative.

8. Sole decision-making power of the manager.


Authoritarian leadership style - the advantages:

Executives with a tendency towards authoritarian leadership are usually extremely competent and ambitious in achieving their own and corporate goals. "Mild, paternal strictness" is perceived positively by more passive or insecure employees. Due to the tight control, on-time work results are achieved.


Authoritarian leadership style - the disadvantages:

Depending on the degree of authoritarian leadership style, employees may lose motivation. Hardly anyone is pleasant to be confronted with a person who "can do everything and knows everything", even if they behave patronizingly in the process.

Ultimately, success is only attributed to the strong leadership - and they claim it for themselves. On the other hand, possible difficulties or failures are linked to a lack of competence and motivation of the employees. Another danger is that a lack of exchange and creativity leads to rigid work processes. The quantity of work is coped with, while the quality stagnates, the employees "burn out". In the extreme, there can also be resistance, rejection, or defiant reactions against the authoritarian leadership.