How to Choose a Leadership Pattern

How to Choose a Leadership Pattern

by Robert Tannenbaum, Warren H Schmidt


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You're the boss: Should you call all the shots? Pick a course of action, then "sell" your idea to employees? Gather input from subordinates but make final decisions yourself? Let your group solve problems?

Each approach has its advantages and disadvantages. How to Choose a Leadership Pattern offers strategies for selecting the best approach-depending on considerations such as your values, your subordinates' abilities, and the situation (including the degree of time pressure you're under).

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781633695252
Publisher: Harvard Business Review Press
Publication date: 09/04/2009
Pages: 74
Product dimensions: 4.02(w) x 5.98(h) x 0.18(d)

About the Author

Robert Tannenbaum is Professor of the Development of Human Systems at the Graduate School of Management, University of California, Los Angeles. He is also a Consulting Editor of the Journal of Applied Behavioral Science and coauthor (with Irving Weschler and Fred Massarik) of Leadership and Organization: A Behavioral Science Approach (New York, McGraw-Hill, 1961).

Warren H. Schmidt is also affiliated with the UCLA Graduate School of Management, where he is Senior Lecturer in Behavioral Science. Besides writing extensively in the fields of human relations and leadership and conference planning, Mr. Schmidt wrote the screenplay for a film, "Is It Always Right to Be Right?" which won an Academy Award in 1970.

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