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The Big Three Management Styles
Author: Paul B. Thornton
Publisher: Multi-Media Publications
ISBN: Mandy Leonard
Summary:The central idea is that there are in fact only three basic leadership styles – Directing, Discussing and Delegating.
For years many of us have read books on leadership which point to a large variety of leadership styles and it’s true that many of these styles are dependent on the leader themselves. In his latest book, Paul Thornton presents the idea that there are in fact only three basic leadership styles – Directing, Discussing and Delegating.
The book argues that one leadership style is not sufficient to work in every situation, in truth it is a combination of the three styles that allow leaders to adapt and react in the most effective way to any situation.
Laid out in a useful step-by-step guide, Paul takes the reader through the different aspects of interaction between a manager and their employees and how the three different styles can impact behavior, attitudes and productivity. Everything from communicating to problem solving is addressed and the reader is able to evaluate the different benefits of each style to choose one that is appropriate for the situation and the desired results.
What Paul has managed to do is show that each style can be effective and that each can empower employees depending on the circumstances. Throughout the book there is a strong emphasis on supporting and facilitating the growth of not only the individual but also the team.
It is a short, easy to read and straightforward guide to understanding some of the best ways to motivate your staff and achieve results. To quote the author, “Leaders see what is possible, describe what is possible, and pursue what is possible."