Autocratic leadership has gained a bad reputation of the years into a modern western society. Primarily as it resists democratic rule and focuses its efforts on single authoritarian leadership. People will mostly whisper and avoid autocratic leadership topics as there are negative connotations associated with it like; domination, enslavement and superiority etc. I would urge caution when approaching this but in history its definitely had its uses and there are times when it should be incorporated.
Autocratic leadership at its basic level is one person having total control and power over the rest of the people. Some very negative people throughout history have exploited this like Stalin, Hitler and Bonaparte to just name a few. Without strong accountability and authority over a leader using autocratic leadership, very negative things can happen.
However, there are instances where this leadership style is very effective. Specifically in military situations autocratic leadership lends itself well to commanders as democratic leadership could lead to a lot of problems in the military! As well suggested areas are construction and manufacturing for safety and cohesiveness. I would personally suggest if a team is in a state of flux or something has upset the balance of the team this could be a good solution to bring everyone back into having a single vision. Again though, with the exception of the above mentioned areas, this is not really a sustainable leadership style for a 'normal' team or organisation.
There are some severe limitations on using autocratic leadership but also some great instances where this can be used effectively. We want to as objective as possible with this one and hope that you can gain some good understanding over the defining attributes of this leadership style.
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