The traditional directive style of leadership has been part of our organisational lives because it serves an important purpose. It helps work to be executed efficiently and to stay on course.
Traditional management style may help organisations run efficiently, but it won't help to unleash the best gifts of every single person in your organisation. It won't ignite passion, imagination, and initiative. It won't allow organisations to be 'winning organisations' going forward. The alternative currently offered in management literature is to provide people with enough freedom to manage their own work and allow for greater autonomy for all employees. The likes of Dan Pink have said that Autonomy leads to a more motivated and more successful workforce.