Deciding Which Leadership Decision Making Style to Use Preparation for Skill-Development Exercise…

Deciding Which Leadership Decision Making Style to Use Preparation for Skill-Development Exercise 1 Below are 10 situations calling for a decision. Select the appropriate decision-making style for each. Be sure to use Model 8.1 when determining the style to use. First determine the answers to the variables (S1A, S2C, S3P, S4E) and write them on the lines below the situation. Then place the selected style on the “Leadership style” line.

S1A autocratic S2C consultative

S3P participative S4E empowerment

  1. You have developed a new work procedure that will increase productivity. Your boss likes the idea and wants you to try it in a few weeks. You view your followers as fairly capable, and believe that they will be receptive to the change. time information acceptance capability Leadership style
  2. There is new competition in your industry. Your organization’s revenues have been dropping. You have been told to lay off three of your 15 followers in two weeks. You have been supervisor for over three years. Normally, your followers are very capable. time information acceptance capability Leadership style
  3. Your department has been facing a problem for several months. Many solutions have been tried and have failed. You’ve finally thought of a solution, but you’re not sure of the possible consequences of the change required, or of acceptance by your highly capable followers. time information acceptance capability Leadership style
  4. Flextime has become popular in your organization. Some departments let each employee start and end work when he or she chooses. However, because of the cooperation required of your followers, they must all work the same eight hours. You’re not sure of the level of interest in changing the hours. Your followers are a very capable group and like to make decisions. time information acceptance capability Leadership style
  5. The technology in your industry is changing too fast for the members of your organization to keep up. Top management hired a consultant who has made recommendations. You have two weeks to decide what to do about the recommendations. Your followers are usually capable; they enjoy participating in the decision-making process. time information acceptance capability Leadership style
  6. Top management has handed down a change. How you implement it is your decision. The change takes effect in one month. It will affect everyone in your department. Their acceptance is critical to the success of the change. Your followers are usually not interested in making routine decisions. time information acceptance capability Leadership style
  7. Your boss called to tell you that someone requested an order for your department’s product; the delivery date is very short. She asked you to call her back in 15 minutes with a decision about taking the order. Looking over the work schedule, you realize that it will be very difficult to deliver the order on time. Your followers will have to push hard to make it. They are cooperative, capable, and enjoy being involved in decision making. time information acceptance capability Leadership style
  8. Top management has decided to make a change that will affect all of your followers. You know that they will be upset because it will cause them hardship. One or two may even quit. The change goes into effect in 30 days. Your followers are very capable. time information acceptance capability Leadership style
  9. You believe that productivity in your department could be increased. You have thought of some ways to increase it, but you’re not sure of them. Your followers are very experienced; almost all of them have been in the department longer than you have. time information acceptance capability Leadership style
  10. A customer offered you a contract for your product with a quick delivery date. The offer is open for two days. To meet the contract deadline, followers would have to work nights and weekends for six weeks. You cannot require them to work overtime. Filling this profitable contract could help get you the raise you want and feel you deserve. However, if you take the contract and don’t deliver on time, it will hurt your chances of getting a big raise. Your followers are very capable. time information acceptance capability Leadership style Doing Skill-Development Exercise 1 in Class Objective To develop your skill at knowing which level of participation to use in a given decision-making situation. You will learn to use the leadership decision-making model. The primary AACSB learning standard skills developed through this exercise are leadership, analytic skills, and teamwork. Experience You will try to select the appropriate decision-making style for each of 10 situations in preparation for this exercise. Preparation You should have completed the preparation for this exercise, unless told not to do so by your instructor. There is an option to do the preparation in class as part of the exercise. Procedure 1 (8–12 minutes) The instructor may review the leadership decision-making model (Model 8.1), and will explain how to use it to select the appropriate leadership style for the first situation. Procedure 2 (4–8 minutes) Students, working alone, complete situation 2 using the model, followed by the instructor going over the recommend answers. If the instructor will be testing you on leadership decision making, you may be told the details. Procedure 3 (10–20 minutes) Break into teams of two or three. Apply the model to situations 3 through 5 as a team. You may decide to change your original answers. The instructor goes over the recommended answers and scoring for situations 3 through 5. Your instructor may tell you not to continue on to situation 6 until he or she goes over the answers to situations 3 through 5. Procedure 4 (10–20 minutes) In the same teams, select decision-making styles for situations 6 through 10. The instructor will go over the recommended answers and scoring. Conclusion The instructor may lead a class discussion and/or make concluding remarks. Apply It (2–4 minutes) What did I learn from this experience? How will I use this knowledge in the future? Identify when you will practice this skill. Sharing In the group, or to the entire class, volunteers may give their answers to the “Apply It” questions. Skill-Development Exercise

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