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The Blake Mouton’s Managerial Grid

The Blake Mouton’s Managerial Grid is a practical and behavioral leadership model that was first implemented by management theorists Robert R. Blake and Jane Mouton in the early 1960s. Using this model helps leaders and managers identify their leadership styles. Thus, this paper introduces the information on the Blake Mouton’s Managerial Grid, discusses and explores two leadership styles, explains how it is possible toutilize them when placed in a leadership role, and provides examples that a leader have experienced with regard to the styles selected.

The managerial grid model includes five main leadership styles, such as Country Club Leadership, Produce or Perish Leadership, Impoverished Leadership, Middle-of-the-Road Leadership, and Team Leadership. The vertical axis of this grid ranks the concern for people (the manager’s desire to achieve the results based on mutual understanding and support between the workers and within the company) on a scale of 1 to 9. The horizontal axis ranks the concern for production (the tendency to obtain the positive production results) on a scale of 1 to 9. Therefore, the leadership style is determined by these criteria.

Choosing leadership styles that best fit my leadership, it is possible to mention about two leadership styles, such as middle-of-the-road style (5,5), and team style (9,9).Describing middle-of-the-road style (5,5), it should be mentioned that using this style managers try to satisfy both employers’ needs and company strategic goals, finding a balance between efficiency and good workplace morale. This position is characterized by the leader who skillfully combines the concern for people and the concern for production. This leader believes that a compromise in all cases is the best solution and the foundation for effective management.All decisions should be made by the leader, but should be surely discussed and adjusted with the subordinates. The positive features of this leadership style are constancy, stability, non-standard thinking, and progressive views and ideas. Providing examples that the leader can experience with regard to the style selected, it is possible to say that despite positive features there are negative ones, such as average performance and results, whereas top results cannot be reached.Thus, middle-of-the-road style is not really effective and progressive and does not promote the development and progress of all production.

Observing team style (9,9), it is possible to state that this position is characterized by the type of the leader who cherishes both workforce needs and production goals and needs as well. In contrast to the position of manager (5,5), who believes that the key success is a compromise, this type of manager tends to exert the maximum efforts in the field of social policy and in the workplace. Providing some examples that the leader has experienced with regard to the style selected, it is necessary to state that team style is the best way to increase the company’s productivity and effectiveness, improve the quality of products and services. Thus, team style is one of the most effective leadership styles because it provides both high morale, and high efficiency.

Taking the above-mentioned information into account, it is possible to sum-up that Blake and Mouton came to a conclusion that the most effective and beneficial style of leadership is team style in position 9,9. In their views, such a leader combines a high degree of attention to his/her subordinates and to the company’s performance as well.