Autocratic, or authoritarian, leadership is an extreme leadership style where the
sole focus is the leader. The leader only makes choices or decisions based on
their own values or beliefs, and do not look to others for consensus, advice or
This form of leadership utilizes total independent decision-making on behalf of
an organisation. The leader usually possesses total authority and exercises
complete power over the people, utilizing guidelines, procedures, and policies to
impose their will and perspective on others.
It is an effective leadership for routine jobs, where employees require close
supervision and will not question leadership. Employee roles that work for such a
leadership style are directing traffic, police work, cleaning, etc.