Business Studies Multiple Choice Question – 8 July 2021

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Lucy, the manager at The Alex Pet Parc Emporium in Stoke, has weekly meetings with her staff where they all discuss and jointly agree targets for the business.

Which ONE of the following leadership styles is Lucy using? 

Select ONE answer:

  1. Paternalistic
  2. Autocratic
  3. Democratic
  4. Laissez-faire

Show your workings to arrive at your answer, and explain and justify your reasons:

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This multiple-choice question is suitable for Accounting KS5 classes.

The answer is 3

  1. Not correct – paternalistic leader might organise a weekly meeting but would still make the final decision
  2. Not correct – an autocratic leader would make all the decisions and dictate the targets to the employees
  3. Correct – Definition of democratic leadership style e.g. democratic leaders are prepared to share decision-making with employees. Decision-making for the business is not made by Tony alone/ targets are set by all employees at the weekly meetings.  This may result in the employees feeling more motivated as they are involved in decision-making.
  4. Not correct – a laissez-faire leader would give employees complete freedom to set targets without any involvement by them

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