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February 13, 2011

Participative VS Autocratic

some approaches to leadership seem to be judgemental. They are either black or white. They emphasis the benefits of personal participative  leadership and stress the weaknesses of positional leadership no mater what the situation is.

however, will the situation itself forces the people who believe in participative leadership to practise an autocratic leadership? for example, what happen if the time limits are critical ( the case of war for example)? will the officer make a vote among soldiers whether they should attack or not?

Another example, how would a manager behaves when they know that a building will collapse soon or a laboratory will explode? or what happened in the case of urgent financial decision? it is actually realted to saving situations or lifes.

is there cases when participative leaders were asked by their followers to behave autocratically? 

It is hard to judge an autocratic leadership unless we understand the leader (person) and the situation.

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