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According to Merriam-Webster, management are "the people who make decisions about a business, departments, sports team, etc." While this is true, the way in which people manage can have a profound effect on both the success of the company and the well being of the employees.
Employees who believe that management is concerned about them as a whole person - not just an employee - are more productive, more satisfied, more fulfilled. Satisfied employees mean satisfied customers, which leads to profitability. - Anne Mulcahy, CEO XeroxA good manager is able to adjust their style of management to fit the situation, project or employee personality to ensure that the department or company as a whole is able to work as a cohesive unit. There are several commonly accepted styles of management. Authoritative, Democratic, Laissez-Faire, Transactional and Transformal.
Let's look at a few of the defining characteristics for each style.
Our chief want is someone who will inspire us to be what we know we could be. – Ralph Waldo Emerson