Is Procedural Leadership An Effective Management Style?

There are so many leadership styles out there, and those different styles affect a business in different ways. So, today let’s talk about procedural leadership and whether or not it’s hurting or helping your small business grow.

What is Procedural Leadership?

Procedural leaders are those leaders that are very by-the-book. They want to do things the “right” way and they tend to follow the steps to a tee. While these leaders are great at making sure something gets done, they tend not to be great leaders for growing businesses because they are adverse to change in businesses.

These leaders like to oversee projects and tend to micromanage the tasks of others. These leaders mostly show up in middle management positions, due to their rigid and somewhat inflexible nature.

Is It An Effective Management Style?

While there are cases where procedural leadership styles could be effective, if it involves micromanagement it will end badly. When it comes down to it, procedural leadership is not a style that’s conducive to creativity nor does it typically create a positive working environment.

If you’re a surgeon about to perform brain surgery, then the autocratic style of procedural leadership could be effective. As the leader of the team doing an intricate and life-threatening procedure, it makes sense that you want to stay on top of everything and make sure it runs smoothly.

But if you’re a small business owner trying to grow, this leadership style is likely to bring your team down. Not only might it bring your team down, but because of the lack of autonomy, you risk losing really good people.

In most cases, in a small business scenario, especially if you’re working in a creative field, you need to provide your employees with autonomy so they can do their best work.

When you hire someone, you should be hiring them for their expertise. If you’re using a procedural leadership style and ruling with an autocratic edge, that freedom to create and do will be taken away from them.

What Kind of Leader Should You Be?

Leadership styles are personal. While we all tend to fit into one box more than another, chances are we have a hint of two or three that’s part of our true style. When it comes to being a good leader, we need to evaluate what’s best for our team and company as a whole.

New business owners tend to take a more hands-on approach because they’re passionate about their project. But I’ve seen procedural leadership in action, and I can tell you from my experience that it doesn’t end well.

To use the age-old analogy, if you have too many cooks in the kitchen, it’s going to get really tight and you’ll probably end up with food on the floor. While you need to work with a leadership style that you’re comfortable with, you also need to make sure that that leadership style is what’s best for you, your employees and your company.

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