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Management is practically the backbone of every organization. We all know the function of the backbone in our bodies, it gives structure to stand. This is what effective management means when it comes to business. Experts have observed that the best way to build a solid structure in your business is to institute the right management tactics. Conversely, where there is poor management, whether it is the management of resources, people, and the whole business process in general, the possibility of business collapse is apparent and closer. As a manager or a business leader, there is so much that lies within your hands.
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The leadership or management strategy you adopt matters most. When it comes to managing your employees, consider different kinds of management and leadership tactics to bring the best out of your team. Here are 3 effective management styles that encourage employee engagement:
  • Collaborative Management Style

As the name sounds, collaborative managers encourage their team members to bring their strengths to the project. This kind of management style encourages team members to participate effectively, allowing for innovation and creativity. This management strategy creates opportunities for team members to learn from each other, collaborate and come up with ideas and solutions to tackle obstacles together. This type of management style is ideal for business that requires a lot of planning and ideation for projects. It creates an avenue where everyone will be part and parcel of bringing ideas, offering suggestions and recommendations, as well as having diverse opinions and perspectives. The implication of having this type of managerial style is that it helps the team to come up with a better-rounded and balanced decision. Negatively, this type of management style may not be ideal in cases of crisis and emergency management where it calls for prompt and immediate decision-making.
  • Democratic Management Style

Democracy is a very popular word. It is opposed to dictatorship, where a manager does not consult anyone but rather issues orders like a general in the army. This type of management style requires the input of team members; however, the manager reserves the exclusive rights to make the final decision. 
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In a democratic management setting, employees of all levels are allowed to participate in the decision-making process and exchange ideas, recommendations and opinions freely. This type of management will make employees feel valued having had their voices heard. It will also motivate employees always to engage on important issues. By encouraging input of ideas, the manager is also employees to tap into their problem-solving skills, which eventually help with their tasks. The negative aspect of this management style is that it is liable to fairness issues like favouritism.
  • Laissez-faire Management Style

This type of management tactic is all about the independence of each team member. It is when employees receive little interference and supervision in what they do. A Laissez-faire management strategy encourages creativity, innovations, and experiments among employees. The laissez-faire manager doesn’t supervise a project during the creation or production process.
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He or she only provides necessary guidelines and information at the beginning and towards the end of a project or should there be any questions. However, the laissez-faire style is ideal for teams of highly-skilled professionals who can self-direct and possess a high level of problem-solving skills and autonomy with a need for space and freedom to create.

Concluding Remarks

Everything rises and falls on management in the workplace. In a situation where there is no management, there is bound to be chaos. What is more? In a situation where the management is leading with any style, he might leave everything to chance, which is counterproductive. This is why leadership management tactics cannot be overemphasized. In this article, we looked at three management styles namely: collaborative management style, democratic management style, and laissez-faire management style. Featured Image Source: Psychology Today
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This article was first published on 24th May 2022


Nnaemeka is an academic scholar with a degree in History and International Studies from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka. He is also a creative writer, content creator, storyteller, and social analyst.

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