This is supposed to serve as an introduction to leadership styles. Tell the girls that if they are interested in learning more that there are literally hundreds of resources for them on the internet and in the library.
Ask the girls to recall what they learned about leadership in their readings. Then talk about this.
Ask the girls what they think the Autocratic style is based on this picture.
Ask the girls what they think this picture means
L eadership stylespresentation
Leadership has been described as the "process of
social influence in which one person can enlist the aid and
support of others in the accomplishment of a common task."
How did the Cadette Girl Scout Handbook or A Resource
Guide for Senior Girl Scouts define leadership?
Does this definition go along with the Seven Qualities of a
Good Leader we talked about in the opening PowerPoint?
This PowerPoint will cover three different
These are not the only leadership styles that exist
but they are a good introduction to the concept of
This style is used when leaders tell their followers what they
want done and how they want it accomplished, without
getting the advice of their followers. Some of the appropriate
conditions to use it is when you have all the information to
solve the problem, you are short on time, and your followers
are well motivated. (Clark)
When is this style best used?
When is style not appropriate?
Think of an example of someone who uses this style in your life.
This style involves the leader including one or more followers in the decision
making process (determining what to do and how to do it). However, the leader
maintains the final decision making authority.
This is normally used when you have part of the information, and your followers
have other parts. Note that a leader is not expected to know everything — this
is why you have knowledgeable and skillful followers. Using this style is of
mutual benefit — it allows them to become part of the team and allows you to
make better decisions. (Clark)
What kind of group would this style work best with?
What could be frustrating about working in a democratic style?
In this style, the leader allows the followers to make
the decisions. However, the leader is still responsible
for the decisions that are made. This is used when
followers are able to analyze the situation and
determine what needs to be done and how to do it.
When does this style work?
When does it turn into chaos?
A good leader uses all three styles, depending on what forces are involved
between the followers, the leader, and the situation.
It is possible to use all three at once. Here’s an example:
Telling your followers that a procedure is not working correctly and a new
one must be established (autocratic). Asking for their ideas and input on
creating a new procedure (democratic). Delegating tasks in order to
implement the new procedure (Free reign). (Clark)
How are you going to decide which style is right for you?
Which style are you most comfortable facilitating?
Forces that influence the style to be
How much time is available.
Are relationships based on respect and trust or on disrespect?
Who has the information — you, your follower, or both?
How well your employees are trained and how well you know the task.
Type of task. Is it structured, unstructured, complicated, or simple?
Can you name three people that
are examples of good
Can you think of someone who is an
example of bad leadership?
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