- The Autocratic Cockpit.
- The Laissez-faire Cockpit.
- The Synergistic Cockpit (the ideal).
Consists of a management style wherein the captain controls all the decisions and takes very little inputs from the co-pilot. Autocratic captains make choices or decisions based on their own beliefs and do not involve other crew members for their suggestion or advice. Rarely delegates tasks. By the very nature of the way the cockpit is run, the Captain is normally overloaded in the event of a problem.
In this environment, the Captain tends to be passive and make few suggestions. They don't micromanage or get too involved, they don't give too much instruction or guidance. Encourages a relaxed and laid-back atmosphere in the cockpit with communications leaning towards non-professional subjects. Has a primary aim to please the rest of the crew.
In this environment, the Captain motivates the crew and develops the skills of the crew. Supports team working and clearly communicates intentions and required standards. The captain works to maintain a positive, cordial and professional cockpit atmosphere throughout the flight and openly shows appreciation for work well done.
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