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Paternalistic leadership

A managerial approach where there is a dominant figure that decides what is best for employees.

Paternalistic leadership refers to a style of management where the leader acts as a "father figure" towards employees, making decisions on their behalf and providing a high level of support and guidance. Here are some key characteristics of paternalistic leadership:

  • Leaders make decisions based on what they believe is best for employees, rather than giving them autonomy to make their own choices.
  • Employees are expected to be obedient and submissive to the leader.
  • Leaders provide a high level of emotional support and encouragement to employees.
  • Decision-making is centralized, with the leader taking a top-down approach.

Paternalistic leadership can be beneficial in some situations, but it can also create a power imbalance and inhibit employee autonomy and creativity. It's important for leaders to strike a balance between providing support and fostering employee independence.

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