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Would your management style make the team?

Would your management style make the team?

Is your management style anything like these Euro 2016 managers?

If you’re interviewing for a position that requires supervision of others, any sensible hiring manager will ask; ‘What’s your management style?’

A leader performs many different roles and how these are handled will depend on the type of management style they have.  A management style is the overall method of leadership that is used by a manager within their business or their team. There are a number of styles that have been noted, four of them being; Autocratic, Paternalistic, Laissez Faire and Authoritarian.

Bizarrely, answering this question can be slightly awkward for those especially put on the spot.  The key is to respond in a way that represents yourself as an effective leader who is the ideal match for the team without sounding too pretentious nor unassertive!

With the European Championship well and truly started, we at Abacus have decided to take an approach by focusing on the styles used by several EURO 2016 football managers as they led their teams through each stage of the competition.

Martin O'Neill - Abacus professional recruitment

Martin O’Neill – Republic of Ireland


To have this type of management style it is seen as though you would be quite a dominant person but in terms of Martin O’Neill we would say he has pushed his team to embrace their strengths during their time at the EUROs.  You can’t dislike a man for his enthusiasm and wanting his side to do well, likewise with a manager in a hectic working environment.  In terms of the authoritarian style it will surround the leader dictating what policies and procedures they want to be completed, but in most cases it’s because they know what their team is capable of achieving.  This type of management style will look to having full control over the team making decisions or strategies that will be arranged and finalised by them individually.  The positives to being strong minded in an office environment, you have a high success rate when dealing with pressure.  You have the assertiveness to remove strain from the team.  Being a leader who is constantly driven will transpire to motivate others to work hard, in knowing that they have someone standing tall behind them, which in turn collectively will create full belief of exactly what is capable of achieving.


 Joachim_Löw - Germany

Joachim_Löw – Germany







To have this type of management style it is seen as though you are composed by individual control, not that Joachim showed much control while doing the unthinkable, having no self control and getting caught sniffing himself! Not only in-front of those at the stadium but in-front of millions of football fans! It will be evident within your team that you are open to all suggestions that are provided to you whether it’s off the pitch or on the pitch.  However your final choice of what to do even is selective even if it means ignoring those suggestions provided to you.  With an end goal clear in mind, your focus and energy is placed on completing tasks efficiently and effectively while benefiting the overall team objective.  Autocratic leadership can be beneficial to a team but only in some instances, an example would be for a leader when a decision has to be improvised promptly i.e.; putting on your substitutes, without acknowledging or consulting other team members, you are caught up in the moment of the fast paced environment.  It is wise to be aware that an autocratic management style may not result in having a 100% backing of a unified team.  It would be advised to take into consideration employing a set of graduates who have achieved great things together and blending them with established and accomplished executive professionals – a particular type of management and patience is most certainly required.


Michael O'Neill - Northern Ireland

Michael O’Neill – Northern Ireland


Seen to be a fatherly or motherly figure to the team.  Within this type of management style the leader will listen to the team and take their opinions and recommendations into consideration but at the end of the day, it will be the leader who makes the final decision (as a manager will always do). The paternal figure will look to the bigger picture and see how each and every decision will affect the family that they have built, in terms for Michael over the past 4 years’ since being appointed the manager of the NI squad. In a way they will ensure that the team is well looked after, in return for the efforts and success they bring.  Having a leader who feels parental over you isn’t such a bad thing, it does come with its benefits that can help you make the most from your work and the environment you are in.  This style allows for the team to have a say in the decisions that are to be made about the environment of which they work, this will lead to them feeling satisfied about their place of work and what each of them can contribute.  Enabling a powerful social interaction between the team and the leader as they talk about plans, strategies or developments for them to make together as a whole.  Allowing for discussions between the leader and team will lead to a strong relationship to be built amongst them, leading the team to put more into their job than what is expected.


Roy Hodgson - England

Roy Hodgson – England

Laissez Faire

Are seen to be free reign leaders as they don’t like to interfere and will pass on the responsibility of decisions to the team.  Having this type of management style allows for the team to establish their own goals and how they determine the day of work will go. When the goals have not been met, then the leader will step in and put the blame upon the team when expectations haven’t been met.  Having the so called Laissez Faire approach to your management style, does come with its benefits. As many have found that, in a team with the Laissez Faire style tend to be more highly skilled individuals who work of their own knowledge to ensure they get their work complete with as little guidance provided as possible. With this style of management it allows for the team to work freely and also allows for them to demonstrate their skills on a particular area; organisation, selling or time management. Having the chance of a free supremacy at work allows for members of the team to feel more satisfied with the work they have produced at the end of the day.  Although every style of management does have its downsides and Laissez Faire isn’t any different. In regards to poor Roy, he has definitely seen better days on the field.  Having such a laid back approach in work sometimes isn’t the best management style for the whole team, as many may lack the knowledge or experience to complete tasks to a high standard and require constant direction to succeed.


In summary, during your next interview and you are asked; ‘What is your management style?’  The team at Abacus Professional Recruitment recommend a structured answer.  Provide a definition of honourable management, whilst being positive you are explaining what you believe in and strive to achieve.  Add a spin by identifying your management style, this demonstrations that you are aware how to interact accurately to obtain results in a professional manner.  Lastly deliver examples; showcase evidence whether it’s on the field or off the field, and exhibit your traits and success.

Now that you have identified the basic structure, make sure you don’t flop at the last hurdle.  Remember to connect your response back to the position; you’ll then be onto a win and lifting the trophy by successfully striking that lasting impression.

For more interview tips, feel free to contact the Abacus Team on 028 9031 3157 | to kick start your career!