Thornton's 3Ds of Management Styles

Managers have a wide array of choices with respect to management styles and Thornton's 3Ds of Management Styles attempts to simplify the matter by identifying three basic styles: directing (“tell employees what to do”), discussing “ask questions and listen”) and delegating (“let employees figure it out their own way”). Each of these styles has its advantages and disadvantages depending on the situation and the choice determines how managers go about other activities such as communication, goal-setting, decision-making, performance monitoring and establishing rewards systems.

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