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The Little Book of Big Decision Models by Dr. Jim McGrath

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TANNENBAUM AND SCHMIDT: THE DECISION-MAKING SPECTRUM

Use this to identify how autocratic/democratic you are when it comes to decision making.

Some people think that managers should make decisions without involving their staff. They see consultation as a sign of weakness. This is not the case. Yes, some decisions have to be made by the manager alone, but many decisions would benefit from the involvement of others.

Robert Tannenbaum and Warren H. Schmidt first outlined their model of the leadership continuum in 1957. It was intended to describe the range of leadership styles between autocratic and dictatorial and democratic and participative. However, it works equally well in terms of describing the amount of involvement manager’s allow ...

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