managerial grid

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A diagnostic tool developed by organizational consultants Robert Blake and Jane Mouton, which allows managers to assess their leadership style. In a self-completion questionnaire, managers indicate their behaviour preferences, and the overall score is plotted on two dimensions: concern for people and concern for task. From this, different styles of management can be identified and managers can assess whether they need to change their style. Implicit in the managerial grid approach is the assumption that the most desirable style is a high concern for people and task. However, critics argue that this normative approach is problematic because it fails to take into account the needs of particular circumstances, and that the appropriateness of particular styles will vary from situation to situation.

Subjects: Human Resource Management — Sports and Exercise Medicine.

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