The development of the relationship between employer and employee is an important aspect of management, i. e. management behaviour and management style play an important role with regard to the employee as a critical factor for success. Increasing average sizes of agricultural enterprises and numbers of employees and the missing hierarchical structures create the need for additional motivation opportunities. In the agricultural sector the quality performance of labour activities is difficult to control, therefore, it becomes even more important to discuss management behaviour and management styles. Management styles are mainly described theoretically in the literature but rarely for agricultural enterprises. An empirical study demonstrates that in practice agricultural entrepreneurs are aware of numerous management styles. Although various standard management styles are known to the managers, the successful manager quickly adapts his individual management style to the current situation.


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