Why is the Commanding Leadership Style Still Abundant?

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Lecturer, Zimbabwe

Why is the Commanding Leadership Style Still Abundant?

The commanding leadership style demotivates workers. And even if it worsens the employer ↔ employee relationships, and even if workers will not produce the best results under this type of leadership style, unfortunately it seems this style is still dominating professional institutions. Makes me wonder, why is it still so omnipresent?

  Jose Luis Roces
Professor, Argentina

What's Behind Commanding Leadership Style

Behind this leadership style is a mental model focus on CONTROL.
As soon as the level of consciousness of a leader of manager has developed, a mental model appears focusing on LEARNING, which is better in many situations. Because it allows the workers to reach their full potential.

  Stuart Langridge
Manager, United Kingdom

Commanding Leadership Style

The commanding leadership style is about managers that are unable to encourage or motivate staff to fulfil their best potential because they have set their own designs on a career path and are reluctant to challenge the processes that are in place.
Empowerment is used as a buzz word, but actually means partial empowerment.
Commanding leaders do not want their staff thinking for themselves, they believe it undermines their position.
However, any forward thinking leader knows that you need to give people "room" to grow and develop. The key is to give staff a safe environment in which the needs of all can be met.

  Tamara Moore, United States

Commanding Leadership and Underlying Fear

Autocrats have underlying fear. By controlling everything in their world (and everyone elses) they falsely believe they ...

  John Spenceley, United Kingdom

Why Commanding Leadership Style

Controlling managers are not appointed by their subordinates, but by people who are looking for people who can promise d...

  Glen T. Mashburn
Consultant, United States

Ego, Fear and Keeping Knowledge to Themselves

There can be a complicated answer to this question. The persistence of "commanding leadership" often has to do with an i...

  David Wilson
Manager, Canada

When is a Commanding Leadership Style Required?

When would you expect to see a commanding leadership style used? Are leaders properly trained? Or do they just react to ...

  Dr. Luis De La Cruz
Professor, United States

Command and Control a Necessary Evil!

Organizational radical changes similar to those in GE during Jack Welch's tenure justify a top down approach as an expre...

  viv lopila

When is a Commanding Leadership Style Required?

When one is not asked to lead, but assumes leadership anywhere, one has many options of leadership style. Usually the ...

United States

Reasons for Commanding Leadership Style

This style has its place in management. General para military and military organizations will utilize this method most o...

  Gustavsson, Netherlands

Commanding Leadership Style Suggests Certainty to Public

Besides analyzing personal characteristics such as a leader's mental model, I think it is important to have a look at in...

Consultant, United States

Why the Commanding Leadership Still Exist..

Command leadership still exists for the same reason the ancients carved idols--fear of the future. Also a critical mas...

  Garth Nowland-Foreman, New Zealand

Command Leader Style is Male Dominated

It's a male dominated model. But I think its also a factor of paying leaders too much. If one person gets paid 10-100 t...

  Dilip Khanal
CEO, Nepal

Commanding Leadership can be Necessary

The commanding leadership might not be bad in many cases. A leader has to lead the team for achieving the goal. Some typ...

  Jesper Jensen
Student (MBA), United States

People Without Leadership Skills

With 14 years of experience as an officer in the air force I have seen my share of commanding leadership styles and have...

  Don Jayakody, Sri Lanka

Reasons for Commanding Leadership

Commanding leaders try to hold on to power rather than believing in connecting with and supporting others....

CEO, France

Special Circumstances such as a Crisis

In time of crisis people need to have clear directions and leaders with a hand on the running of the organization. Lon...

  Deb Bynum, United States

Leaders are Role Models

Effective leadership skills come from a combination of experience and education along with the ability to communicate wi...

  jim morse
Project Manager, United States

Why Commanding Persona..

The leader is accountable and visable.. 2nd... Look and understand the nature of "power'... It is essential.. And dang...

  John Spenceley, United Kingdom

Do Nice Guys - and Gals - Really Finish Last?

Do nice guys finish last, and get paid less? Some new research has tested this nice guy hypothesis, with somewhat surpr...

  P Bhaskaran
Manager, India

Commanding Style Organisation Head

This kind of commanding leadership style will not work for long and will not produce the best results. It deflates peopl...

Student (University), Mauritius

Dealing with Commanding Leader Style. Solution

I highly believe that commanding leadership styles is still present due to the use of traditional appraisal systems in w...

  John Spenceley, United Kingdom

Why do Commanding Styles Win Top Jobs

Just as a stage is designed by sexual selection for battle with sexual rivals and a peacock is designed for seduction, s...

  Nicolas Stampf
Project Manager, France

Lack of Humility + Position of Power

For me, it boils down to two things: a lack of humility making a manager believing his idea is right and a position of p...

  Sven T. Berg
CxO / Board, United States

Command and Control is not Leadership

A 24+ year career in the military has taught me that the ability to command or control (C2) is not leadership. C2, at be...

  Radha Raj

Commanding Style Leadership is Needed

Whether it is demoralising or not, the fact that this style of leadership is continuing shows that followers require cle...

  Kathleen A. Paris
Consultant, United States

Why is Commanding Leadership Style Still So Prevalent?

The commanding style is much easier, takes less skill than more collaborative, participative styles. But it's a style m...

  John Spenceley, United Kingdom

Commanding Leadership Source of Problems

Great leaders achieve more than great managers I suspect. Commanding managers often appoint people who aren't threats ...

  edward sevume

No Room for Commanding Leadership in Sweden

Very interesting topic and while reading the comments above I realize an ocean of cultural differences in management. ...

  Sally Rimmer
Project Manager, United Kingdom

Micro Management > Demotivation

Having recently changed from a manager who knew the value of delegation and allowed the people they were managing to do ...

  Dr. Luis De La Cruz
Professor, United States

Contingent Micromanagement

Fred Fiedler (1967) argued there is no one best way to lead. A leader is more effective if his or her style matches powe...

  Sylvia Grant
Consultant, Australia

Commanding Leadership and Discipline

Commanding leadership is superfluous in an environment where people practice: 1) Personal discipline, 2) Thought disc...

  Francina Namgongo, Namibia

The Near Extinct Commanding Leadership Style

@Sally Rimmer: I have recently observed that the older generation born in the 60s, 50s and 40s are more in favour of the...

  Dilip Khanal
CEO, Nepal

It Won't Be Extinct

@Francina Namgongo: I was born in 1956, yet I am considered as a very liberal leader among my colleagues. Your hypothes...

  edward sevume

Commanding Leadership Style and Birth Dates

@francina namgongo: I too was born in the 60ies and I do not believe in a commanding leadership style. The notion that c...

  Sylvia Grant
Consultant, Australia

Leadership Qualities

In my experience the best leaders are those who: 1. Have the confidence to be humble and admit they are only human like...

  Dilip Khanal
CEO, Nepal

Turning Managers Into Leaders

@Sylvia Grant: I fully agree with you on these preferable leadership qualities. In my opinion, we may not be able to cul...

  Sally Rimmer
Project Manager, United Kingdom

Micro Managers Becoming Extinct

@Francina Namgongo: But I am one of those 'older' managers born in the 60s! Some of us are not such dinosaurs and are re...

  Jaap de Jonge
Editor, Netherlands

3 Tips for Micromanagers

Fisher et al. are sharing interesting findings from their research on how managers can better assist their employees (do...

  Paramathmuni srinivas Kumar

Why There's Still a Lot of Commanding Style

Teams need to take effective action depending on the situation..That awareness of the situation and cohesive bonding amo... 6-8-2022

  Rob Thompson
Coach, United Kingdom

Leadership is Relational and Layered

Working in education in England I come across this paradigm of controller-leadership frequently. But let's not give cont... 6-8-2022

  Frederic A Parker
Consultant, United States

So-Called 'Commanding Leadership' in Military

I have been directly involved in leadership development since 1972, including 20+ years as a US Marine officer. Many peo... 7-8-2022


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