Leadership Styles: An Overview

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There are three basic styles of leadership a person can use when making decisions and leading subordinates. The three types are authoritarian, democratic and laissez-faire. The authoritarian style of leadership is much like a dictatorship in which the leader makes all the decisions without consulting with the subordinates or other leaders. Authoritarian leaders are sometimes called micromanagers because they dictate how a job is to be done expect no deviation from their plan, even if there is a faster or better way to do it. An authoritarian leader also tends to be more critical of their staff.

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