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Mastering Management Styles: Expert Guidance for Managers by Harris Silverman

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The elements of management style

Management styles have several aspects. Some academic taxonomies of management styles get very complicated by mixing up the different elements in various combinations and giving each combination an abstruse name, but it's best to think of management styles in terms of their various elements, and then to combine the elements yourself.

When managing any employee or situation, you should always be thinking of all of these elements.

Two axes

The most important elements of management style, and the ones that will do the most to define your approach in the eyes of others, are the two axes of:

  • Direction versus Consultation
  • Control versus Autonomy

The direction/consultation axis refers to the extent to which you keep decision-making ...

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