Authoritative managers are excellent at communicating long-term direction and vision. These managers are perfect when organizations are undergoing changes that need to be communicated clearly and understood by team members. Authoritative managers are also great with new teams or new employees who need to quickly get up to speed on organizational priorities and vision.
So, what makes an authoritative leader? The following characteristics and habits are the hallmarks of true authoritative leadership:
- Authoritative leaders are subject matter experts in the areas or disciplines where they lead
- They take time to share the company’s vision and plans with the entire team
- They solicit feedback regarding goals and agenda items without leaving doubt as to who is in charge
- Authoritative leaders see communicating the “why” in terms every team member can understand as a key managerial responsibility
- These managers lead by example toward a common goal
- They rely on self-confidence, empathy, and their ability to adapt in order to share the company’s vision with their team
Authoritative leadership works during changes, with new employees, and when a new direction or path forward needs to be communicated. This style of management does not work so well when they are not the expert or “authority.” This style also is a poor choice when processes are routine and the status quo will remain in place for some time.
A truly great leader will have many such styles in their tool box, so it is important to know which style works best in a given situation.