Pros And Cons Of Authoritarian/Autocratic Leadership

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Authoritarian/autocratic leadership The authoritarian/autocratic group leader typically is an expert who directs the movement of the group and makes all the strategic decisions within the group or organization (Val & Kemp, 2012; Gill, 2014; Gladding, 2016). Per Gladding (2016), authoritarian group leaders can be charismatic and manipulative and typically believe they understand group dynamics, make interpretations, give advice, demand obedience, and expect conformity. Furthermore, these leaders typically do not seek the input and advice of others and often demonstrate a lack of trust in the ability of others to make decisions and suggestions (Gill, 2014). According to Val and Kemp (2012), authoritarian leaders often use their observations …show more content…
While there are certainly disadvantages to this leadership style, some individuals work well under this style of leadership, such as those who work well with clear directives (Gill, 2014). Furthermore, it is often appropriate for certain groups and organizations, such as those that require precision, quick decision making, and meeting important deadlines, streamlining processes, improving efficiency in departments, or when training individuals (Gill, 2014). Per Gill, organizations where the authoritarian leadership style is most appropriate include athletic teams, the military, law enforcement, fire departments, restaurants, ambulatory care settings, manufacturing, and …show more content…
29), do not provide structure or direction and leave decision making to the group members (Val & Kemp, 2012; Gill, 2016; Gladding, 2016). As a result, group members may decide for themselves how tasks may be accomplished; however, they do not make organization-wide decisions (Val & Kemp, 2012; Gill, 2016a, 2016b; Gladding, 2016). Like democratic leadership, laissez-faire requires a group comprised of qualified and capable experts (Gill, 2016b). Such leaders not only delegate authority, they maximize group members’ leadership qualities, praise accomplishments, reward success, offer constructive criticism, and know when to step in and lead during times of crisis (Gill,

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