Responding Yes or No to the various questions shifts the feasible set
towards either more autocratic styles or less autocratic (participative) styles.
Two situational factors in the decision situation are incorporated into the
eight questions, those questions pertaining to the "quality of the decision
" and those pertaining to the "acceptance of the decision."
For example, if the the leader does not have the information (Question B),
a better "quality" decision can be made by tapping the information of the
subordinates if they have it (Question H); if the response to B is No and
the response to H is Yes, then the feasible set prescribed by the model will
emphasize more participative styles. Similarly, if acceptance of the
subordinates is critical to implementation (Question D - Yes) then more "acceptance"
of the the decision will be needed and the feasible set prescribed by the
model will emphasize a more participative style, i.e., if subordinates are
more involved they will understand the decision better, identify with it
more, and be more committed to implement it. The third situational
factor in the model is "time." If a decision must be made quickly,
one chooses a more autocratic alternative in the feasible set. If a
decision does not have to be made quickly, a leader can choose to invest
that time in the development of his/her subordinates, i.e., choose a more
participative alternative and allow them to learn about making higher level