Autocratic Leadership

By Danny Crites

Summary

a leadership characterized by individual control over all decisions and little imput from group members. Autocratic leaders typically make choices based on their own ideas and judgments and rarely accept advice from followers. Autocratic leadership involves absolute, authoritarian control over a group.

Theory

behavioral theories-focus on how leaders behave

Who created?

Kurt Lewin came up with this theory. He was a German-American psychologist who born into a jewish family. His theory:

Autocratic leaders make decisions without consulting their teams. This style of leadership is considered appropriate when decisions need to be made quickly, when there's no need for input, and when team agreement isn't necessary for a successful outcome.


Advantages/Disadavantages

Advantages:

limits arguments

allows employees to have one task, and that is to work, which could mean that the employees master their tasks and become proficient enough to help grow the company.
Disadavantages:

can be frustrating if the boss talks to the employees only when they make mistakes,
can create an environment of fear and resentment, leading to high turnover and absenteeism, which can hinder progress.

it can stifle creative ideas that might make the company more competitive.