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Quiz - What's Your Leadership Style?
Leadership Quiz - Your Results

Your results indicate that your leadership style is predominately: Authoritarian

Authoritarian Leadership

Authoritarian leaders provide clear expectations to group members on what should be done, when it should be completed and how it should be accomplished. These leaders make decisions without input from group members. Authoritarian leadership is best used in situations when there is little time for group decision-making or when the leader is the one best equipped to solve the problem or give directions.

Overuse of an authoritarian style can be construed as bossy and controlling. Worst-case examples of this style can be seen when leaders utilize bullying techniques such as yelling, abusing power or demeaning group members.

Remember, good leaders utilize all three styles depending upon the situation. For example:

  • Use an authoritarian style if a group member lacks knowledge about a certain procedure.

  • Use a participative style with group members who understand the objectives and their role in the task.

  • Use a delegative style if the group member knows more than you do about the task.

Great leaders need to adapt and change based upon the objectives, needs of group members, and situational factors. You can find more information in this article on leadership styles.

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