Engaging team members requires a combination of leadership styles, many of which must be customized relative to the individuals with whom you are dealing, and the surrounding circumstances. The least effective approach in virtually all situations is to be autocratic.
The Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) represents a very autocratic behavior in how it regulates Canadian music, making decisions based on what the organization believes is in the best interest of Canadians. At present the CRTC is investigating what it deems to be “inappropriate use” of musical montages (long combinations of mixed music), which are being used by some radio stations in Canada to navigate around the Canadian content regulations that the CRTC has imposed.
The CRTC believes that such activity threatens Canadian culture. What is this belief based on?
As a customer impacted by the CRTC regulations, I invested in satellite radio several years ago releasing me from the boundaries of the CRTC and providing freedom to listen to the music of my choice.
The point? If you are autocratic in your leadership style, those who are impacted, either directly or indirectly will find ways to avoid you, avoid your style, and undermine your intent.
What leadership style do your actions represent? If you fail to engage with team members, I guarantee you are being perceived as autocratic.
Discuss intended outcomes; solicit feedback; agree on actions. Results will be easier to attain, and morale will remain high.
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