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Executive MBA IE Business School, Madrid,Spain

Master in Strategic Management
IDE-CESEM Business School, Madrid, Spain

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sábado, 4 de julio de 2015

What is the most effective management style ?

The best leader is the one who adopts the management style most suitable for each situation, each context, each person or group and for each organization.

From the beginning of my career and through all different roles I held in different organizations one of my priorities has always been to develop the best management style. I read a lot about the subject and I also learned a lot from all the people I had the opportunity to work with at all levels: senior management, team members and peers.

However the examples were really different and there was no pattern showing me the critical success factor as a leader.

I have seen different styles, from democratic to authoritarian in the beginning to directive, supportive, participative and goals-oriented in the last 10 years.

I have also seen that in the last years new management styles have emerged such as charismatic, transformational etc.

Leadership is really an endless source of study and analysis due to the important role played in the organization performance and in the achievement of the goals and results.

Assuming no person is identical, having different needs and motivations, that teams and persons also experience different phases of development and we are absorbed by constant changes, I believe the most correct, above all for me, management style is what Blanchard called situational management style or situational leadership. According to Blanchard the most effective leadership is the one which adapts to the team members in every situation, in other words, a management style suitable with the needs of the team.

The situational management style is based on keeping a balance between the two behaviors exerted by a leader to adapt to the level of development of his/her team members.

These behaviors are as follows:

1.    Managerial behavior, which defines the roles and tasks for the collaborators and also points out what, how and when they have to perform them monitoring the results.

2.    Supportive behavior, focused on the development of the team, fostering the participation in the decision making process, uniting, supporting and motivating the whole team.

As we believe in the people development and we also want to achieve good results in our management careers I think the key to match both interests is to apply a management style suitable in each context, each person and each situation, as I commented at the beginning of the post. Based on that, we, as leaders, have to pay attention to all what happens around us, detecting the changes, movements and emotions experienced by our collaborators and team members.

This adaptation of the management style to the each situation, as required, does not mean, to be a different person, nor losing your personal style, simply means to perform different roles led by the person in the role instead of being led by the environment, the organization or the others.

As a conclusion, the leader should never forget, whatever is his/her management style in each occasion, has to be supported by, what I call, the basic pillars of leadership: authenticity, integrity, coherence, humility, leading by example and foster new leaders.

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