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Which Management Style Should You Use?

A successful manager knows when to adopt the right management style across different scenarios. Find out which style best suits you.

Quiz Questions

  • 1.
    Do you want employees to have maximum involvement in making decisions?
    • A.
      Yes
      (Correlates to: Participative management, Network management)
    • B.
      No
      (Correlates to: Mentor management, Pacesetting management, Authoritative management)
  • 2.
    Do you trust employees to take the initiative and collaborate with each other to solve problems?
    • A.
      Yes
      (Correlates to: Participative management, Network management, Mentor management, Pacesetting management)
    • B.
      No
      (Correlates to: Authoritative management)
  • 3.
    Are you worried about the performance of certain individuals in your team?
    • A.
      Yes
      (Correlates to: Mentor management, Pacesetting management, Authoritative management)
    • B.
      No
      (Correlates to: Participative management, Network management)
  • 4.
    Do you oversee multiple teams?
    • A.
      Yes
      (Correlates to: Network management, Mentor management, Pacesetting management, Authoritative management)
    • B.
      No
      (Correlates to: Participative management)
  • 5.
    Does your team thrive when left to its own devices?
    • A.
      Yes
      (Correlates to: Participative management, Network management, Pacesetting management)
    • B.
      No
      (Correlates to: Mentor management, Authoritative management)
  • 6.
    Are you an expert in the jobs your employees are doing?
    • A.
      Yes
      (Correlates to: Participative management, Mentor management, Authoritative management)
    • B.
      No
      (Correlates to: Network management, Pacesetting management)
  • 7.
    Do you prefer hands-on management?
    • A.
      Yes
      (Correlates to: Mentor management, Pacesetting management, Authoritative management)
    • B.
      No
      (Correlates to: Participative management, Network management)
  • 8.
    Are you comfortable switching between hands-on and hands-off management?
    • A.
      Yes
      (Correlates to: Participative management, Network management, Mentor management, Pacesetting management)
    • B.
      No
      (Correlates to: Authoritative management)
  • 9.
    Are you currently concerned about the survival of your company?
    • A.
      Yes
      (Correlates to: Pacesetting management, Authoritative management)
    • B.
      No
      (Correlates to: Participative management, Network management, Mentor management)

Quiz Outcomes

  • 1.
    Participative management
    Participative management is a positive and productive method if you have faith in your team members to work under their own initiative, and to accept responsibility for making significant decisions. It relies on employees coming forward with their own ideas and opinions, which you as the manager can use to plan workloads and set priorities. It’s important that you have confidence in every member of your team to do their bit for participative management to deliver tangible results.
  • 2.
    Network management
    Another style that relies on you having trust in your staff and being willing to let your people take the lead, network management is all about facilitating links and connections between team members, and giving them the freedom to work and resolve problems in a collaborative way. The emphasis on independence and autonomy within teams means network management can be a particularly efficient method if you oversee a number of distinct groups of employees. Your focus will be more on supporting relationships and communication than micro-managing.
  • 3.
    Mentor management
    If you achieved your management position through promotion, after excelling in one or more of the jobs your team members are now doing, mentor management could be a natural and effective style to use. It places an emphasis on working one-on-one with people and supporting their professional development. The balance between mentoring and allowing people to learn independently means you will need to be comfortable with switching between hands-on and hands-off management. Mentoring can be particularly effective if you are concerned that individuals within your team are struggling and need some one-on-one support.
  • 4.
    Pacesetting management
    This method sees the manager getting directly involved in setting the pace of work -setting deadlines and checkpoints, for example - but giving employees the freedom to decide how the work is done. This could be the ideal system if you are keen to give your team members a certain level of independence and control, but you also want to feel confident they are sticking to a schedule and will get the job finished on time.
  • 5.
    Authoritative management
    As the name suggests, authoritative management is a direct, no-nonsense approach that involves the manager dictating everything from which team members take on which tasks, to the methods used and the deadlines set. This style is most likely to be used when a company is going through some difficulties. As a manager, you will need to step up and take responsibility for ensuring that teams are working in the most efficient, productive way possible. While this might sound like an overly strict, disciplinarian approach, it can offer many advantages for teams and the business as a whole, such as taking pressure away from individual employees and giving people complete clarity in their day-to-dayresponsibilities. If you have a respectful, trusting relationship with your staff, there is no reason why authoritative management can’t be a healthy and positive way to work.