Leadership Styles

A matter of balance

Much has been written about leadership styles and leadership traits because, no matter how you look at it, leadership and decision-making is a matter of trade-offs. Things like individual versus group performance, strategic versus tactical framework, relationship versus task orientation. And these styles have to be studied just as closely in family businesses as in any other organization.

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We have found that probably as versatile a framework as any for looking at leadership styles and decision-making is to consider the trade-offs inherent in the concern for people versus the concern for production. Certainly, they represent as well as any the different styles that one might encounter. We present here the Managerial Grid identified by Blake and Mouton. [Robert R. Blake and Jane Srygley Mouton, Managerial Grid III: The Key to Leadership Excellence, Gulf Publishing, 1985, p.15.]

Leadership Styles from Blake and Mouton Managerial Grid
High Country Club Management
Thoughtful attention to needs of people for satisfying relationships
leads to a comfortable, friendly organization atmosphere and work tempo.
Team Management
Work accomplishment is from
committed people, interdependence through a common "stake" and organization purpose leads to realtionships of trust and respect.

Concern for Profit
Organization Man
Adequate organization performance is possible through balancing the necessities to get out work with maintaining morale of people at a satisfactory level.
Low Impoverished Management
Exertion of minimum effort to get required work done is appropriate to sustain organization membership.
Efficiency in operations results from arranging conditions of work in such a way that human elements interfere to a minimum degree.
Low < Concern for Production > High

Of course, one can always postulate a grid for one of the styles everyone loves to hate...

Which Way Did They Go?

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