Great leaders recognize that it is better to evolve a team instead of needing to revolutionize a team. Great leaders also recognize that despite an emphasis on evolution and having people buy into a new philosophy, it becomes necessary to complete a revolution so that a fresh start can truly be had. Revolution is just one aspect of authoritarian leadership that should be considered in every leader’s skill portfolio.
Here are some other examples to consider as well:
A positive balance must always be achieved so that results can be delivered.
Although authoritarian leaders tend to dictate more than they allow for collaboration, they also realize that there must be a certain level of flexibility involved with each decision as well. This means setting the direction where a team needs to go, but allowing for personal variations within the context of a job so that it gets done.
Rules must be followed and followed consistently.
Authoritarian leaders are very clear about what their expectations happen to be. There isn’t an emphasis on creating friendships or worrying about someone having their feelings hurt. Terms are set in such a way that there is no room for a different interpretation. Expectations are mandated, consistent, and consequences result if they are not met.
Feedback is always part of the working environment.
Authoritarian leaders realize that feedback exists in every workplace. Many authoritarians may choose to ignore this feedback, but they will at least choose to listen to it because it shows their team that their point of view is important and valuable in some small way.
Micro-management is sometimes necessary.
Leaders who adopt an authoritarian point of view don’t trust people very much, even if they are close team members. The leader only trusts themselves when it comes to making a big decision, which means every team member that has been delegated a certain responsibility will be closely watched. Sometimes this is necessary in every leadership style just to make sure everyone is on the same page, but it can create disharmony when it becomes part of daily life.
Decisions are made quickly.
This is the true advantage of the authoritarian leadership approach. Because decisions are only made by the leader and it is often done without any consultation or outside input, things can get done a lot more efficiently and with more speed than in other leadership styles. This requires a leader to be highly organized and if they are not, then resentment is a natural outcome of that kind of situation.
Deadlines are actually lines in the sand.
The one problem that teams have is that they are too flexible in the deadlines that are set. If something is missed, then it’s no big deal, right? It is a big deal to the authoritarian leader. When deadlines are missed, consequences are handed out because it is a line that has been drawn in the sand. If a team member has dared to cross it, then that’s trouble that is just waiting to happen.