Libraries at University of Nebraska-Lincoln


Date of this Version

Spring 4-20-2022


A seminar presentation at the Baze University Library seminar series.


The importance of concern for people-orientation is explained. A background history including the educational background of both Robert Blake and Jane Mouton is given, how they met, and their work background before they left their work to continue on the work they started together on the managerial grid. The essence of the managerial grid is given. Also, the two behavioral dimensions are included, which are the concern for people and the concern for tasks. The Blake and Mouton Leadership Grid identifies five leadership styles on the managerial grid. These leadership styles are as follows: - Country Club, Produce or perish, Impoverished, Team leadership, and Middle-of-the-road leadership style. I will explore how the leadership style is determined by the leader’s concern for production and concern for people. Also stated in this work is the advantages and disadvantages of the Blake and Mouton Managerial Grid, after which the limitations are also mentioned. The brief history of Baze University, its notable alumni, its authority structure, type of decision-making process, its mission, staff performance, type of library model, library mission, and goals are mentioned. The aim of this study is to critically evaluate Blake and Mouton’s managerial grid and to apply it to the Baze University Library whose leadership style is based on a questionnaire survey. Our question is ‘is there a good leader or is the best leadership style used in Baze University Library?’ I would give an answer to this question based on my primary research.