Someone who works with a visionary management style is someone who is very charismatic, motivational, supportive, and inspirational.
A big benefit of this style is that it inspires artists to work towards their goals and aspirations with confidence. It can help your client feel more positively about their efforts and more committed to doing their part. When it’s time to implement a new vision or a bold project, this method works wonders. However, this method tends to work better with experienced clients, as newer artists may need more direct guidance.
A coaching management style is just like it sounds. It uncovers your client’s strengths and weaknesses by combining their long-term, professional objectives with their personal ones. Just like a coach, this type of manager prioritizes personal development. This method is one of the lesser-used ones because it requires more one-on-one mentorship, which can be incredibly time-consuming. However, if you have the industry experience and the time, this management
style is incredibly constructive and yields great results.
“Laissez-faire” is French for “let do”, a phrase that this management style fully embodies. This laid back style encourages artists to do as they please. It encourages innovative and creative ideas and lets the artist take control.
With this method, the manager would only step in when things go awry, when small details need ironing out, or when additional assistance is requested.
A democratic management style is all about consensus. This style is based on the philosophy that two heads are better than one and that everyone deserves to have a say.
This management style also helps them gauge the artist’s level of spirit and personal concerns, so managers can adapt and relate to situations and be able to fix them as needed. A democratic leadership style helps the artist feel valued and heard. By asking for their input, you’re effectively encouraging them to think for themselves and to take on more responsibility for major decisions and their outcomes.
Authoritative management is on the other end of the spectrum when it comes to the other styles we’ve mentioned in this post so far. It’s strict, the manager dictates exactly what needs to be done, when and how, with little to no input from the artist. It seems harsh, but under very specific circumstances, it can be a very necessary, temporary approach. The trick is using it for the right reasons at the right time. The clearest time to use an authoritative management style is in a state of crisis.
For this approach to be successful, however, your clients need to fully trust that you have their best interests at heart. Building this trust takes time and patience, so we recommend using this management style only when completely necessary.
The key to being a great manager lies within knowing when to use each of these approaches with which clients. Some management styles suit certain situations better than others, so it’s your job to be able to adapt to meet your clients needs. But with these skills under your belt, you’ll be ready for anything.