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A Dictionary of Organizational Behaviour

Emma Jeanes

A style of leadership in which the leader acts without consultation with others. It is employed more effectively where a high degree of control or quick decision-making is required, for example in the military or in a crisis, or where the followers are less capable and confident and thus prefer more direction. Autocratic leaders have greater capacity to abuse their power than some other types of leader, as there are fewer checks on their behaviour. It is not appropriate for all circumstances, particularly those that require creativity and engagement from all participants, and is less favoured in the typical modern workplace. It can also be resented as it curtails the ... ...

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