Management Advice - What kind of Manager are you?

There's no right of wrong when it comes to management style, but the best managers are those that understand their strengths and challenges.

To help identify your personal management style download and fill in this questionnaire. 

There is no right or wrong answer. Just choose the answer that seems to most suit your natural behaviour. It’s important that you are honest, and do not give the answer that you think will reflect the best on you! 

This questionnaire identifies three main types of manager:


Directive Management Style

1. In challenging situations, you feel most comfortable working from clear guidelines.

2. In meetings, you take charge early and become anxious to get down to business.

3. You find it easy to assign tasks, provide schedules, and monitor progress.

4. You may tend to become impatient when subordinates want to prolong a discussion. You tend to be more concerned with getting the job done than you are with meeting interpersonal needs.

5. In situations in which you have complete control you tend to relax more, assume an easy-going manner, and become more patient and considerate.


Consultive Management Style

1. The primary goal is to have good interpersonal relations with others-even at the sacrifice of the goal.

2. You tend to be very sensitive to the individual members of the group and are especially concerned with their feelings.

3. In a meeting you tend to encourage the participation of various members of the group.

4. In high stress situations you tend to find it more difficult to reach the goal.

5. You function best in moderate control situations where you are able to deal with interpersonal relations and deal effectively with difficult subordinates.


Free-Rein Management Style

1. In challenging situations, you allow the greatest freedom to your staff.

2. You can become overly tolerant of non-productive members of your team.

3. Your “best” day is one in which you have spent the majority of your time working on projects and administrative functions.

4. You schedule meetings, but may tend to have a difficult time bringing the discussion to any definitive conclusion or implementation plan.

5. You tend to function best with subordinates who enjoy working on their own and need little day-to-day supervision from you.


The MenteeMe Team