February 11, 2013

Does Leadership Styles effect lead times in Manufacturing Organizations?

Now a days a biggest constraint to any manufacturing organization is "time". Taking less time to market the products is a competitive advantage to manufacturing organizations. We have studied that dictatorship style of leadership enables fast implementation of procedures as compared to democratic leadership, where consensus of majority of the people are taken before coming to a final conclusion. In today's exercise, we observd that the group following autocratic leadership style completed the task in the minimum time where as the more democratic style followers finished it quiet late. In this case ignoring all other aspects of creativity and innovation, assume a manufacturing organization making similar simple products and their main task is to reach the market in the most earlier time possible then automatically, they will move to autocratic leadership style.

I have come to a conclusion that democratic style is slow and time consuming. No doubt the results are better in terms of creativity and innovation but if we talk about "time" factor only then a clear direction from one authority would help in making that task possible. After practically experiencing in the class exercise.


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  1. Paul Roberts

    Hi Zain. If your generalization about the impact of autocratic leadership is based on a sample of one, you may remember that in the past other leadership approaches used in this exercise won on both height and creativity criteria. So, there are likely to be other factors at play here.

    04 Apr 2013, 15:42

  2. Muhammad Khan

    Hi Paul. Yes, I agree that other factors are at play in here but ignoring innovation and creativity criteria and focussing only on the time requirements, it would be a good option for a manufacturing firm to follow one flow of order that is top down. Otherwise, yes consensus of all and decisions based on mutual understanding of management and employees would definitely result in better innovative and quality products.

    05 Apr 2013, 02:22


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