Democratic vs authoritarian leadership in corporates
Leadership Democratic vs Authoritarian
The previous post ‘’ Similarities in military and corporate world’’ by Brigadier R.K.Sharma made me think overnight about the relevance of the two leadership styles in the modern corporate world. First thing I found that forces have leaders while corporate have managers. A Leader does the right things while a manager does things right. A leader innovates while a manager administers.
Authoritarian leadership is characterized by the presence of a central authority in which there is little or no say of the followers in the process of decision making. An authoritarian leader is antidemocratic and rigid. They take quick decisions and work in groups that practice the one-man rule. Such leaders generate hostility on one hand and extreme dependence on the other. Leaders like Hitler are the typical instances of this type.
Democratic leadership is found in an organization that believes in openness and trust and most importantly, collective decision-making. Democratic leaders are sober, steady, and don’t hesitate to submit themselves to public demands and opinions. They don’t hesitate to create checks on their own power so that, they themselves or their successors are prevented from becoming autocratic. As democratic leaders provide the opportunity to every member to participate in the decision-making process, they are more popular and in general, create greater work satisfaction among subordinates.
The authoritarian style is more effective in emergency situations or in a case where the followers have high dependency motivation and want to avoid taking responsibility. It’s also beneficial when the subordinates are emotionally insecure and have poor confidence levels.
The democratic style is effective when the followers are educated, participative, and don’t like to be excessively controlled. The followers should be self-motivated, self-controlled, productivity conscious, and are keen to grow. Click: The Silent Idea
Depending upon the circumstances, either style could prove productive. Choosing the right one should be preceded by minute research about the project, manpower, and the goal.