Decision Making - Styles

Decision making style of managers depend greatly on their personality and approach towards problem solving. Every leader or manager has his own individualistic style augmented by his experience, background, and abilities.

Directive or Autocratic Decision Making

Managers who follow this style assess few alternatives and consider limited information while taking any decision.

They do not find it important to consult with others or seek information in any form and use their logic and idea while taking decisions.

Analytical Decision Making

Managers using analytic decision making style would like to have more information and consider more alternatives before coming to a conclusion.

They seek relevant information from their sources and consider factual and detailed information before taking any decision. Such managers are careful decision makers as they have the ability to adapt or cope with unique situations.

Behavioral Decision Making

Leaders who follow this model believe in participative management and consider the achievement of subordinates and always take suggestions from them.

They try to get inputs from subordinates through meetings and discussions. They try to avoid/resolve conflicts as acceptance by others is important to them.

Conceptual Decision Making

Managers using conceptual decision making style are intuitive in their thinking and have high tolerance for ambiguity.

They look at many alternatives and focus on long run outcomes.