The manager will also be in charge of resources and the amount of money and time required to complete specific tasks. Tannenbaum and Schmidt stated that there are a number of different management styles. They suggested that the style of leadership is dependent upon the circumstances that prevail. An autocratic manager will make decisions across the board and will not consider the viewpoint of the employees, meaning that the employees will have to produce exactly what is asked of them in a specific timescale. A paternalistic manager is also one who is most interested in looking after the business, although the employee's interests will also be addressed.
Both of these styles share a disadvantage, that being the employees becoming dependent upon the leader of tasks. A democratic manager is a manager who will allow the employee to have a say in the decision making process. This is thought to improve quality of work and job satisfaction. Laissez-faire managers will leave the employees to make their own decisions and while this style could be successful in a creative business it is generally thought that this is a poor style of management.
MBWA (management by walking around) is the final style of management. That is exactly what this style involves. The manager will see first hand how well the employees are doing and become aware of any problems quicker than managers with other styles.