The First-Time Manager

By Loren B. Belker; Gary S. Topchik | Go to book overview

8
Choosing a Managerial
Style of Your Own

If you look at the history of management style in the United States, you’ll notice that two styles have dominated. Managers were either autocratic or diplomatic. Today, however, the best managers know that there are more than two styles of managing and they need to be good in all the styles. Before discussing the necessity of having an alert managerial style, let’s look at the autocratic and diplomatic styles.


The Autocrat vs. the Diplomat

It is difficult to believe that we still see the old-fashioned autocrat in management today. You have to wonder why this is so. Partly it has to do with the fact that so many managers are given no training. They are left to find their own way, so they begin acting as they think they should. They think in terms of being a “boss.” Autocrats also believe that if they take the softer approach, employees will take advantage. It is as though the softer approach will be seen as a sign of weakness.

Another possibility is that it takes more time to be a diplomatic manager. These managers spend time with people ex

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