Management Styles: Definition, Theory & Types


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If you are on the production room floor talking to your workers and gathering information, what type of management style are you using?

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1. You meet with your employees to develop a set of goals and develop a plan to complete the goals. What type of management style are you using?

2. If you really like how Japanese businesses are managed, which one of the following management styles would you like the most?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Management styles shape the relationships in all types of work environments from the conference room to the shop floor, and they define how supervisors interact with employees, how employees work with one another and how tasks are organized and completed. This quiz/worksheet combo outlines the different types of management styles and helps you understand the characteristics of each approach to management.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Our tools will assess you on:

  • The goals of different types of management styles
  • The Japanese style of management
  • The reward and punishment style of management
  • A management style that empower workers

Skills Practiced

You can practice using the following skills with the worksheet and quiz:

  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge on management styles to answer questions about their different characteristics
  • Distinguishing differences - compare and contrast the Theory X, Theory Y, and Theory Z styles of management
  • Making connections - examine the types of factors that lead to a choice of management style

Additional Learning

Continue learning about management styles with the lesson called Management Styles: Definition, Theory & Types. It focuses on these objectives:

  • Define management style
  • Identify different types of management styles
  • Understand the characteristics of different styles of management
  • Recognize the advantages and disadvantages of different styles of management
  • Examine how a style of management is chosen