Participative Leadership - Going Soft On Your Team?
Source: Smart Institute
Should you look at participative leadership at the cost of business goals? Or do you "Show them how it's done" and expect the team to follow your lead? Is there a different approach for every situation? This paper takes a look at this style and its benefits. A person who follows this style will get a buy-in from group members on most changes and important decisions, before implementing them. However, the leader is still the final decision making authority. Remember, it is not about reaching consensus - if you keep looking for universal approval, you'll never get anything done.