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What type of management style do you work with best? What are the different management types?

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Adam’s Answer

Hi Jessica:

I prefer the servant leadership style of managing. As a leader/manager, it is my responsibility to make sure that my team has everything that they need to achieve their goals and the goals of the group. There are 10 principles of this style of leadership:

1. Listening
2. Empathy
3. Healing
4.Awareness
5.Persuasion
6.Conceptualization
7.Foresight
8.Stewardship
9. Commitment to the Growth of People
10.Building Community

My goal is to make sure that each individual on the team is able to achieve the goals and grow into the career path that they want. In addition, I want to make sure that the team is working as one. It is my responsibility to remove all of the hurdles from the team/individual so that they can excel. While I do lead the team and make the final decisions, I am working for the team to make them the best they can be.

Hope this leadership style gives you a different perspective on the role of a leader.
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Grant’s Answer

Hi Jessica. From my vantage point the Management style I preferred has evolved over time, and has been tied to my comfort, experience and knowledge in the specific role I was performing. Early in my career when I was in a Sales Function I preferred/needed a Manager that had experience and success in the role, was very hands on and vested in my development. As I became more seasoned I preferred a hands off approach, more autonomy and trust in my ability to obtain my goals.

When I moved into Management and Leadership the need returned for a more hands on approach early on, followed by autonomy and trust in my abilities to perform at a high level. The advice and coaching changed, but my managers commitment to help me develop and move forward in my career was an expectation I held, and for the most part provided.

Now 30 plus years into my career and experience under my belt, and with a very focused path on Leading teams and developing people, I prefer a Management style fully hands off, with an expectation that I will seek out advice and support when needed, and be proactive in my own development.

You will hear the debate between Management and Leadership styles as you study for any business related degree. In my opinion being Adaptable and Inclusive (2 of Autodesk's core Culture Values) as an employee or manager will definitely help you throughout your career.

Best of luck!
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Veronica’s Answer

Hi Jessica,

I work best with a manager that leads. I like to be challenged and given projects to solve for my own development. I enjoy receiving feedback and collaborating with my manager. As a leader, I try to mirror this with my own team. There are different management types. Those that are very direct and dictate the work that needs to be done, those that collaborate and coach their employees to help them develop different skills, and those that are visionary and create transformation to name a few.
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Peregrin’s Answer

Jessica,

As many of the other repliers have pointed out, there are some key characteristics that are often found to be useful, regardless of what 'style' they might be, empathy, active listening, open mindset, transparency, etc... In practice, the organization, of which your direct manager is a part, sets the baseline of what will be possible, so corporate culture is also important. You can have or be a great manager with empathy and all of these wonderful traits, but if the larger organization doesn't allow for your modeling, that can be its own challenge.

I have personally found that the most important thing is to be a good, active listener to your employees, if they feel that you hear them and understand what they are telling you, the sets the whole foundation for transparency and trust. Whether you empathize with them or not, the trust developed based on knowing they have been heard is key, as it allows you to provide the constructive feedback or let them know what they need to do to constantly improve. I wouldn't get too hung up on a specific "style" but would focus instead on the attributes, as they are often embedded in multiple styles.

Best of luck.
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Steve’s Answer

I like a management style where a win-win can be achieved in a manner in which subordinates learn and grow within the firm. The days of the over bearing boss, and the "butt in seat" mentality are gone. People can work Agilely with today's technology, and their management should be working in a style of total respect for one's delivery. Constructive coaching is always good, so long as the person being coached has bought into the opportunity to improve. Otherwise hard feelings set in and then you have lost that would be great worker. This leadership style in my view is the best way forward, and yields employee satisfaction in company occupational health surveys, and well as longer tenure enjoyed by all parties.


Stay assertive!
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Angela’s Answer

Hi Jessica - This is a great question and one that will have a stronger impact on your career that we sometimes even realize.

I personally like to work with managers that are genuinely vested in your success and development. More than telling you what to do, they are open to conversation and seek to understand what you're great at and what are your key areas of improvement so they can provide specific guidance. These kind of managers will celebrate your success with you and provide feedback when you could have done something better.

In essence, I'm all about open and transparent communication. This also means that you need to be open with your manager and express how you're feeling and not be afraid to ask for direction, feedback, advice, or other. Your success is their success and because they understand this, they want to help you become a better version of yourself.

On a personal level it's also nice to build a relationship and learn about each other's hobbies, interests, families, etc. so you can build a stronger bond and not just talk about work 100% of the time.

I hope this helps!!

Angela recommends the following next steps:

If you have a new manager, ask them what is their communication and leadership style.
Seek to understand what they need from you and also express what you need from them.
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Debra’s Answer

I find that I work best with a manager that provides the information and support I need to complete my tasks but is not micromanaging. Allowing me to complete the work on my own while still being available to answer questions provides me with an opportunity to grow and learn on the job.
Managers that micromanage do not leave room for their employees to stretch their knowledge base and really limit their growth in the company.
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Theodore’s Answer

I tend to prefer a management style that encourages innovation and trying new things. When I'm acting as a manger, I try to give the people around me as much flexibility as I can while still providing them some level of structure so they know a general direction to move in. The caveat to this style is that everyone needs to be comfortable with some level of ambiguity but the independence it provides is really great.

Everyone is different though so it's important to keep that in mind when working with others.
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Blake’s Answer

Hey Jessica,

I tend to work best with a communication leadership style. I would much rather over communicate, rather than under communicate.

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shane’s Answer

Informational and Consultative style of management is my preference and approach. I trust and have confidence in my employees thinking of them as teammates. I make sure they know everything I do, so that they are informed and I can actively seeks out their opinions by leveraging their experience to make 'best' informed decisions.
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Nicole’s Answer

The type of management style I work with best is when management is transparent with you and open-minded. I think there should be more managers that need to be more open and talk more to their employees but also be stern. I feel like we can work in a safe work environment if we have more people with that management style.
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Raghunandan’s Answer

>> What type of management style do you work with best?
Set collaborative goals that aligns with the strategic intent of the business and determine creative ways to achieve/exceed them

>> What are the different management types?
The key to management and leadership is to create customer value. Unless we realize the end customer value and rally the team by means of servant leadership (where managers' empathy towards team members) stands ahead over command/control there can be varying styles.

Eventually, a good management style is one where there is unparalleled respect towards creating a shared vision for "company goals, manager and individuals"
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Riste’s Answer

Hey Jessica, Great question.
A leadership style that promotes growth (empowering to trying new thing, make mistakes and learn from them), diversity of people + ideas, truth, transparency, promotes meaningful work and relationships.
Best of luck and success.

Riste recommends the following next steps:

Read Principles by Ray Dalio - https://www.principles.com/
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