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

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HOW TO CHOOSE YOUR DEFAULT MANAGEMENT STYLE

Use this to identify your default management style and how to vary it when required.

Perhaps the most crucial decision that any manager makes is deciding on what management style they should adopt. Unfortunately, many managers don’t consciously think about this decision. Instead they drift into using a style that they think effective managers use. Not realising that to be truly effective every manager needs to develop their own style.

Douglas McGregor revolutionised management thinking when he wrote The Human Side of Enterprise. Broadly he identified two types of manager. As with all stereotypes they do not reflect the complex reality of most manager’s views but they provide an excellent ...

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