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Mastering Management Styles: Expert Guidance for Managers by Harris Silverman

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Managing on the control/autonomy spectrum

Like the direction/consultation axis, the control/autonomy axis is a continuum. The situation and the people you're dealing with will determine where on the spectrum you choose to place yourself.

Control –––––––––––––––––––––––– Autonomy

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Autonomy is generally better than control. Very few people want or need to be micro-managed (although there are a small number who do).

Choosing between control and autonomy

Again, there are no firm rules as to how to decide how much control is needed in a given situation. The following list has a few suggestions, however.

Consider being more controlling when:

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