Autocratic leadership is also called Authoritarian leadership. It is a leadership style in which a leader has total control over the decisions of his team and its members. Autocratic leadership is a top-down approach of management wherein only orders have to be followed without any input from the members of the group. Autocratic leaders make choices and decisions based on their ideas and judgments and they barely give any chance to others for any sort of advice or suggestions from the followers. Autocratic leadership involves absolute or total control of the group. This kind of leadership is glorified and adopted in many organizations but over a period of time, it has become difficult to work with an autocratic leader for members with talents and skills.
Definitely, this leadership style has many benefits because the group members with no experience or knowledge of a particular job can get good results by following only the orders of their autocratic leaders. However, for some who don’t think on similar lines, such autocratic leaders may seem like a bossy or a dictator-like figure who has too much of control over the group’s performance.
Such an autocratic leadership style doesn’t work during crisis situations as the group members become too dependent and weak in the absence of their leaders for the orders. For example, if you ask me personally how I really pitied a autocratic leader, I can quote here my last job experience. My ex-boss was an autocratic leader and he just wanted his employees to follow his decisions without adding any of their inputs. It so happened that due to this arrogance and ignorance of my ex-boss, he lost on a lot of talented employees who could have added value to the organization in different manners. However, it was his lack of business sense to not be able to look at the employee’s worth from conceptual and human skill expertise. Leadership needs to evolve with the changing times is what I learned from my on-the-job experience.