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Is An Autocratic Leader A Bad Leader?


Autocratic Style


The leader makes decisions without taking input from anyone who reports to them. Employees are neither considered nor consulted prior to a direction, and are expected to adhere to the decision at a time and pace stipulated by the leader. This style is best at the start of the team formation.


This type of leader provides clear expectations for what needs to be done, when it should be done, and how it should be done. This style of leadership is strongly focused on both command by the leader and control of the followers. It can be helpful to think of these types of leaders as military commanders.


This leadership style can be useful in organizations with strict guidelines or compliance-heavy industries like aeronautics or other high risk jobs. You can use autocratic leadership style when crucial decisions need to be made on the spot in a crisis situation, and you have the most knowledge about the situation, or when you're dealing with inexperienced new team members in a high risk situation. Autocratic leadership needs a person who is mentally and emotionally strong, someone who makes quick decisions that is result oriented. Not everyone has it.


However, this leadership style can stifle creativity and make employees feel confined.


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