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Conclusion

Some rigid managers have authoritarian personality styles (Table 17-1). They believe that people should submit to authority figures and follow conventional morality. They share many similarities with compulsive managers. Authoritarian managers, however, are willing and eager to submit to authority figures, while compulsive managers want to do things their way. Moreover, unlike compulsive managers, they are able to enjoy things and sometimes relate warmly to people. Managers with authoritarian personalities are more amenable to suggestions and are likely to change their style than are compulsive managers.

There are significant differences in the rigid styles of compulsive and authoritarian managers. Both authoritarian and compulsive individuals expect to have their way when dealing with subordinates and are likely to be dismissive of subordinates. But, while authoritarian managers are generally comfortable in following the lead of their bosses, compulsive managers are not. Compulsive managers are only comfortable doing things their own way, while authoritarian managers want the hierarchy to be followed. While compulsive managers dislike the uncertainty and confusion of doing things in new ways, authoritarian managers dislike the uncertainty of equality and lack of hierarchy.


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