This is an essay type response to What The Perfect Teacher's Leadership style should be: authoritarian,democratic or lassize-faire Wafa Nurdin

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The Perfect Teacher

From one's younger years in life to adulthood, a teacher plays a vital role in the life of a student. Indirectly they portray the role of a parent, they watch the student grow into an adolescent and then onwards to a fully developed being. However, the method of teaching that the educator uses is as imperative as the material being taught. Also, the leadership style that they employ is an essential tool in success in the classroom. The three leadership techniques one may utilize are: authoritarian, democratic, and laissez-faire. A leader who makes all the decisions and passes the directives to subordinates who are expected to carry these out under very close supervision characterizes an authoritarian leader. The authoritarian leadership style is based upon the assumption that the leader knows everything and knows what is best for the group. Authoritarian leaders can be arrogant, hostile, boastful, and egotistical.

Inspite of its weaknesses, the authoritarian leadership style is well suited for certain environments such as the military, a prison, etc. In those settings, in which the lives of people depend on others following orders, the authoritarian styles is ideal. This style would also be appropriate for directing beginning teachers in the school setting because of their inexperience; they tend to need more direction. The democratic leadership style is characterized by a structured but cooperative approach to decision making. It focuses on group relationships and sensitivity to the people in the organization. This type of leadership style fosters professional competence. Supervision is minimal as individuals take the responsibility for their behavior. Subordinates are encouraged to express their ideas and make suggestions. However, shared decisions are not likely to occur in all aspects of the organizational operations. Democratic leaders sell ideas; they tend to be warm, confident, and friendly. They...