Directive or Cooperative Leadership Style
Renker Weiss, Management Consultant, Austria, Member
Dear Graham, I conduct leadership seminars and workshops since many years. Some of them happen on an offshore-yacht. During the crew/manager briefing, I also mention that it can happen, that I - as the skipper - have to make a decision whitin a second - to prevent crew and/or ship from damage.
This has nothing to do with bossing by the boss. It can and it will happen, that a leader has to give immediate directions, when it is necessary (e.g., a drifting container in open sea threatens the crew and ship). The training on the yacht gives managers many examples to their real business life in a figurative sense. BUT a directive style should be the exeption: because a crisis in contrast to a catastrophy is the result of unsolved problems from the past. Rgds Renker.