ERIC Number: ED240940
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984
Reference Count: 0
Attitudes, Administrative Styles, and Outcomes.
Laughlin, J. Stanley
Administrator's Update, v5 n2 Spr 1984
The literature on administrative style is reviewed. Attention is directed to four basic concepts of administrative style: (1) the structured, classical, traditional model; (2) the participatory or employee-involved operation; (3) a more behavioral scientific style; and (4) the situational or environmental style. These ideas are more fully described, and it is proposed that even with various definitions of management styles in the literature, the key to a productive organizational system is the type of administrative style that directs the organization, not the organization that governs the people. If the organization is too autocratic, it may be because of the attitudes of the chief administrator. Based on the literature, a profile of an effective administrator is suggested. An effective administrator communicates well; establishes clear directions; can motivate subordinates through shared participation, rewards, and morale boosting; develops and maintains an openness with employees; strives for excellence; and recognizes subordinates' behavioral patterns. (SW)
Descriptors: Administrator Attitudes, Administrator Role, College Administration, Higher Education, Interpersonal Competence, Interprofessional Relationship, Leadership Styles, Organizational Climate, Productivity
American Association of University Administrators, 1133 Fifteenth Street, Washington, DC 20005 ($2.00).
Publication Type: Collected Works - Serials; ERIC Publications
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Higher Education, Washington, DC.; American Association of Univ. Administrators, Washington, DC.