Lesson 4: Management Styles

The Lean Canvas provides us with a playbook by which we can test assumptions and build our businesses. Every step along the way, however, will require action and execution. This lesson explores the various styles of leadership and management that may help you find success.

Leadership Styles

Search management styles online and you’ll find no shortage of information on the topic. Some sources will tell you there are 6 distinct styles of management, while others will say four, and yet another will describe three more – none of which are on the first two. However you consider management styles, just about every one fits somewhere on the continuum between Autocratic and Permissive.

No one style is better than another, rather each serves a time and place. Define one of the styles below and place it where you think it belongs on the continuum.

  1. Autocratic
  2. Bureaucratic
  3. Consultative
  4. Chaotic
  5. Democratic
  6. Laissez-Faire
  7. Paternalistic
  8. Permissive
  9. Servant Leadership


The following scenarios come from: https://www.rpi.edu/dept/advising/free_enterprise/business_structures/management_styles.htm

After reading each scenario, in your group decide which management style would be best suited to addressing the situation. Be prepared to defend your decision with logical reasoning.

  1. The employees in your program appear to be having serious problems getting the job done. Their performance has been going downhill rapidly. They have not responded to your efforts to be friendly or to your expressions of concern for their welfare.
  2. During the past few months, the quality of work done by staff members has been increasing. Record keeping is accurate and up to date. You have been careful to make sure that the staff members are aware of your performance expectations.
  3. Performance and interpersonal relations among your staff have been good. You have normally left them alone. However, a new situation has developed, and it appears that staff members are unable to solve the problem themselves.
  4. You are considering a major change in your program. Your staff has a fine record of accomplishment and a strong commitment to excellence. They are supportive of the need for change and have been involved in the planning.

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Find examples, in popular culture (using YouTube), of the management styles listed above. Submit the link, with the start time, to Google Classroom