• Michael Najar, Ph.D

The Blake Mouton Managerial Grid

Updated: Sep 16, 2017

The Blake and Mouton Managerial Grid is a simple assessment tool used by managers to determine their predominant leadership style. The grid is comprised of two axis which indicate the level of concern for one of two behavioral dimensions, concern for people and concern for production.

Concern for people, is the degree to which a leader considers the needs of employees when deciding how tasks or jobs should be done. This can be personal or professional development.

Concern for production, is the degree to which a leader emphasizes objectives and productivity goals when deciding how tasks or jobs should be done. This can be rules, policies or performance standards.

The grid is divided into five possible leadership styles:

  • Country Club Manager - is more of an accommodating nature for the employees, however, it is not productive to bring about the desired business results.

  • Impoverished Manager - is the most ineffective leadership style as the motivation and production factors are both very low.

  • Middle-of-the-road Manager - tries to maintain his status quo but fails to produce the desired results and also fails to keep the team happy. This style is depicted in the center of the Grid.

  • Team Manager - which is extremely conducive to bring about desired business results while motivating and retaining the team of skilled professionals happy.

  • Authority-Obedience Manager – this management style is more authoritarian and is extremely demotivating for the team but is high on producing results.

The Leadership Grid tries to explain some of the common leadership styles however it fails to fully consider the effect of situations and how the leadership styles can change under changing circumstances. In today's professional world, keeping people happy while being productive is a big challenge. This is however depicted very straightforward on the Grid but is not as simple as it is shown. It must take into account the changing factors (both internal and external to the organization) and how a manager has to decide and adopt the most appropriate leadership style best suited to the situation. To learn more about leadership styles and how to identify your uniquely dominant style, visit SupervisorTrainingCenter.com for a free assessment.

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