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Mastering Management Styles: Expert Guidance for Managers by Harris Silverman

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Chapter 3. The Elements of Management Style: Control versus Autonomy

The second of the two main management-style axes is the control/autonomy axis.

As is the case with the direction/consultation axis, your relationship with your employees will be shaped to a significant extent by how you place yourself on this axis.

Case study: Dave and Rhonda

You have a small but important engineering project that you need Dave to do, and it needs to be done fairly quickly. He has no problem with doing it, but his son is off school, and his wife is traveling for her own work. He was planning on working from home for a few days, but our company discourages employees from working on such projects from home, for quality control reasons. Because of the importance of ...

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