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This paper examined the ways in which hospitality leaders in Australia seek to influence others in the workplace. One hundred and thirty three managers of hotels rated as three, four or five stars according to the Australian Automobile Association participated in this study, of which 91 provided answers to all questions. The results indicate that the prevailing leadership styles in Australia are a blend of Machiavellian (manipulative) and Bureaucratic styles and that variance in this choice correlates with the age of the respondent. That is, the older the manager, the less Machiavellian or Bureaucratic they become.
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