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Blake Mouton Managerial Grid

  • Levels: AS, A Level
  • Exam boards: AQA, OCR, IB

The Blake Mouton Managerial Grid identifies five different leadership styles based on a grid.

The grid has two axes, measuring:

  1. Concern for People (y-axis)
  2. Concern for Completing Task (x-axis)
Blake Mouton Managerial Grid

Through a series of questions about their leadership and management style, the position on the Blake Mouton grid is mapped in terms of:

Concern for People (High = 9 Low = 1)

This is the degree to which a leader considers the needs of team members, their interests, and areas of personal development when deciding how best to accomplish a task.

Concern for Task (High = 9 Low = 1)

This is the degree to which a leader emphasizes concrete objectives, organizational efficiency and high productivity when deciding how best to accomplish a task.

Whilst someone's position could be anywhere on the grid depending on the relative importance he/she attaches to People and Task, the Blake Mouton Grid highlights five extremes on the grid - each of which is given a memorable name:

  • Impoverished Management
  • Country Club Management
  • Task Management
  • Team Management
  • Middle of the Road Management

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