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The bureaucratic leadership style


The bureaucratic leadership style runs on the condition that everyone plays “by the book”. This style of leadership might listen and consider the input of employees but the leader tends to reject an employee's input if it conflicts with company policy or past practices.


It is a system of management whereby employees are made to follow specific rules and lines of authority created by the superiors. In other words, these set of leaders function based on official regulations fixed by higher authorities within the organization.


This leadership style focuses on fixed duties within a hierarchy where each employee has a set list of responsibilities, and there is little need for collaboration and creativity. It is most effective in highly regulated industries or departments, such as finance, healthcare or government.


The bureaucratic leadership style can be efficient in organizations that need to follow strict rules and regulations. Each person in the team/company has a clearly defined role which leads to efficiency. These leaders separate work from relationships to avoid clouding the team's ability to hit goals.

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