Disadvantages Of Autocratic Style

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Leadership is defined as influence, that is, the art or process of influencing people so that they will strive willingly and enthusiastically toward the achievement of group goals.” Leaders is guiding people into a decision without forcing them into but still leaving them feeling empowered and accomplished. In the 1930`s Kurt Lewin developed a theory on leadership. He argued that there is three types of leadership. 1. Autocratic 2. Democratic 3. Laissez-Faire.
In this type of leadership the leader has full control. They make all of the decisions based on their own ideas and judgements and don not accept any advice from others. Autocratic leaders have many characteristics. Some of these are 1. They do not allow any input from group members. 2. They make all of the decisions. 3. They do not trust others with decisions or other tasks.
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In stressful situations people would prefer to have an autocratic style leader. E.g. In the military people would prefer a leader to make the decisions as they could be difficult decisions to make.
Autocratic leadership also has many disadvantages. Leaders who use an autocratic style may be viewed as bossy, controlling and dictatorial. This may make others unhappy and unmotivated. As autocratic leaders make decisions without the input of others they may lose some respect for the leaders as they do not involve others.
This leadership style is not used very often in today’s world but would have been popular in the past. In today’s world the most obvious place that we can see it in is the
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