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Management Styles

I used this questionnaire on management styles in an English Corner Class in China, where students had to read and assess the management styles of their bosses, or themselves if they were the leaders in their organisations. This assumed a pretty good command of business English and knowledge of management styles and practices.

See what you score on this test, should you decide to take it. Score 0 points if your answer is 'Strongly disagree'; 1 point if you choose 'Moderately disagree'; 2 points for 'Neutral'; 3 points for 'Moderately agree' and 4 points for 'Strongly agree'.

Here is the test:

1 It is often necessary to make decisions without consulting others due to time pressures upon the task at hand.

2 Teams operate best within a clear and structured framework of procedures.

3 The best decision will be the one with the largest consensus.

4 People will come up with the best working methods when given minimal instruction.

5 People repeatedly come to me for advice and support, and I generously give it.

6 People have learnt to not question my judgement, as I rarely back down when I am truly passionate about something.

7 If everyone is forced to perform the same task in the same way, the efficiencies gained outweigh the costs.

8 I receive employee approval before making absolutely any changes to their working conditions or role, even if just for a day.

9 I have learnt that people will never fail to positively surprise you if you leave them alone.

10 I consult a variety of people when making decisions, but they tend to agree with my original idea anyway.

11 Half the people are intrinsically hard working, but the other half need to be pushed into completing work to a high enough standard.

12 Over time, we can continue to build upon and add to our systems and ways of doing things, which will make life easier.

13 People constantly challenge my ideas and strategies because they know they are welcome when they do so.

14 I can say with 100% conviction that I do not micromanage.

15 People see me as a leader, not a manager.

16 Leadership is about making the right decisions at the right time, and ensuring the workforce follow through with that decision with effectiveness.

17 Cost savings can be made if everybody does exactly what they're told, and don't try to over-engineer solutions.

18 I try to delegate as many tasks as possible in their complete entirety.

19 I let people get back to me when they decide to, rather than getting in touch myself.

20 I feel responsible for my employees and I look after them accordingly.

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