What can you say about the leadership style of BJ carter? In this “Carter Racing” case study, it was not mentioned about the nature of the business which is one ofthe important factor that could have been considered while assessing the leadership style of the BJ Carter.It is like if the business is partnership then full decision making power may not lie with BJ Carter or itmight be the other way around. If the scope of decision making power was mentioned it make solid pointto support any argument that are to make.Autocratic Leadership styleAn autocratic leader is one who tends to centralize authority and derive power from position, control ofrewards and coercion. (give reference to book)As per the case study, BJ Carter cannot be classified underthe autocratic leadership style. Often times, if there is time pressure on a leader, in this case only one houris left for BJ Carter to make a decision, or if it takes too long for subordinates to make a decision, theleader tend to use an autocratic style. However, with the time pressure that BJ Carter was on, he hasopted for getting opinion from his subordinates to make a decision.Laissez-faire Leadership StyleLaissez-faire leadership is a type of leadership style in which leaders are hands-off and allow subordinatesto make the decisions. In the ‘Section C’ of the case study it was mentioned that BJ Carter was left withten minutes to decide which indicates that he will be engaged in making decision rathe that letting hissubordinates to take a decision for him. Therefore, BJ Carter’s leadership cannot be Laissez-faire either.Democratic Leadership StyleA democratic leader delegates authority to others, encourages participation, relies on subordinates’knowledge for completion of tasks. In the case study his sibling and the business partner Chris Carterasked BJ Carter to decide on whether they would participate in Pocono Race or not. As a leader, it is veryimportant for BJ Carter to balance the team dynamics to make sure everyone’s opinion is considered.Given the fact, he seeks suggestion from Robin Burns (chief mechanic) and Pat Edwards (enginemechanic) before he make the final call. In addition to this it should be noted that Pat Edward was a linestaff who does not acquire education (theoretical) knowledge about the engineering however wasinfamous due to his expertise on the field and he was bothered to ask with him too before the he makes
the final decision and that shows his leadership style very much fit in to democratic leadership style.
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