The forth management style from my previous articles is the Laissez Faire Management Style. Similar to other three management styles, you get your job done through people. The difference is you do not make decision and leave the task include make decision to the people you assign to. You pay very little attention to the progress and you do not interfere. The tendency of this management style is sometime taken as a style of irresponsibility because you are not really on top of the situation. Sometimes, it is a style of “let the nature take its own course”
The common traits of a Laissez Faire Management style is take it easy, let them decide. The entire decision process is left to the staffs and you pay no attention to it.
- Maximum delegation
- Manger has more time for other things
- Staff has amber chance to develop their knowledge
- Seen as empowering his staffs
- May be able to discover informal leaders
- Time consuming
- Decision made usually skewed away from company interest
When to allow or adopt this Laissez Faire Management style determine by the importance and the degree of company in the situation. Below are some examples :-
- Sports activities
- Internal committee election
- Union affairs
- non destructive conflicts among groups
since there are four management style, which style your should adopt? This is a question tends to bother you especially when you are in your early career employment. You want to use the best style to gain competence and capabilities to climb the corporate ladders. After having close examinations to all the four management styles, you will realized there is no one bill cure all management style. You need to learn all of them and master one to suit your personality for your normal application. Then master the rest of the styles to apply whenever situation warrants it. Then you are able to get the best of all world.