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Management style definition

What is the definition of "management style"? 
A management style most often describes the way a manager tends to made decisions. In the quest to put labels on people, researchers and management theorists have created a spectrum of management style types. There are dozens of named styles that have been proposed, but here are the four most classic examples:

- Autocrat (dictatorial): makes most decisions unilaterally
- Paternalistic: autocratic but sometimes considers others in decisions
- Democratic (participatory): engages employees in the decision-making
- Laissez-faire: practicing a hands-off approach

The advantage of contemplating one's own management style is for personal improvement and development.

While most managers have one dominant style, it is actually likely that professional managers will employ multiple styles in various circumstances as they impact the ultimate management obligation of ensuring organizational success. 
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