Decisively, research has shown that participative styles ofleadership can increase organizational commitment. Participative leadership hasa strong and direct impact on team members and it assists in improvement of members’performance. Steven Jobs once said, “One of the keys to Apple is Apple’s anincredibly collaborative company.” This alone is a great indication that usingthe participative style of leadership will take you places that you neverbelieved were possible.
It also shows how much creativity and collaboration comeinto play when it comes to the growth of any company or organization. In orderfor participative leadership to be effective it must be combined with othertypes of leadership behaviors such as: supporting, inspiring, coaching,informing, team building, and conflict management. Being a leader isn’t justbeing in charge but it’s having the knowledge to know when to lead and when tolend a hand. Furthermore, if I had to compare my participative style ofleadership with another leadership style, I would compare it to the autocraticleadership style. The autocratic leadership style is in contrast to myparticipative style of leadership even though they both ensure that tasks areaccomplished. Autocratic leaders are often described as being, controlling,bossy, assertive or self-assured.
They always want to hold power and be praisedby their team members. They confidently make decisions, without being concernedor worried about their team members’ reaction towards the decisions. They canalso come off as bullies and tend to make their team members unsure ofthemselves; unlike a participative leadership style which relies largely onmembers making decisions through consultation, consensus, and democracy toaccomplish tasks; and aiming to inforce self-confidence and importance to everymember. Additionally, the advantages of the participative style are that itoperates on bases of openness, which allows team members to openly state theiropinions and/or ideas. A major advantage of participative leadership isCreativity. As a result of encouraging and involving team members in thedecision making process, a variety of solutions are offered to resolve problemsor improve productivity (“Democratic Leadership:Definitions, Examples & Quotes,” n.
d.). This allows all kind of ideas to be presentedwhich can lead to extraordinary results.
Also, this leadership style enhancesteam work approach. The participant style of leadership is also comfortable topeople who want to get involved in the decision making process. However; some wouldsay that the disadvantages of the participative style is that too much time isspent in team meetings to get issues agreed upon which can be very time consuming;and also that although a participative leader allows others to contribute tothe decision making process, the leader ultimately has the last say (“WhatManagers Think of Participative Leadership,” 1973). Primarily, a Participative style of leadership encompassesconsultative, consensus, and democratic.
In terms of being consultative, it isimportant that you deliberate with the members of your team before making conclusionson issues concerning the team. In addition, as a consensus leader, it isimportant to build consensus among the group in order to encourage group discussionsconcerning an issue so that each decision can fully reflect the agreement andsupport from the members of the team (Burgess & Spangler, 2003). Consensusleaders ensure that all members of the group are involved to support a decisionbefore it is finalized. Also, a participant leader is a democratic leader who makessure that the final decision in the decision making process is approved byeveryone within the team.
In this case, the group deliberates on the issues athand, collect group opinion, and then cast votes in order to determine thefinal decision to be made (“Participative Leadership,” n.d.). I also believe I identify with this leadership style because I believeI can use authority when needed to help my peers who don’t fully understand theassignment given. I also believe that in using this style it will help meinteract with my team members and help me to see if any changes should be madefor there to be success. This style of leadership often leads to more effectiveand accurate decision since no leader can be an expert in all areas. Input fromgroup members creates a more complete basis for decision making.
TheParticipative Leadership style addresses the improvements for increasing theproductivity of your team members. Hypothetically, as manger if I utilize thisstyle I will have the benefits of building trust with the employees, being ableto have open communication, and promote job satisfaction. I believe that ifmost managers practice using a Participative style they will find that therecan be a smoother transition for making changes in the organization, becausethe employees will prove to be more receptive to changes, knowing that theyshared in the decision-making process.There’sa quote by John Quincy Adams that says, “If your actions inspire other todream, learn more, do more, become more, you are a leader.
” There have beenmany controversies over what makes a leader a leader. There are some peoplethat believe a leader is simply someone that tell others what to do; howeverthat is not accurate. When classified as a leader one must be able to motivate,mentor, coach, and inspire others by showing them that they have the ability todo anything. Leadership style is the manner and approach of providingdirection, implementing plans, and motivating people. After completing aleadership assessment quiz, I learned that in providing leadership guidance to mypeers with the purpose to motive and influence them; I would use theParticipative Leadership Style.
I believe I identify with this style ofleadership because it is one in which the people are valued for their ideas,commitment, personalities, input, perspectives, and creative ways of thinking. Andas a team member I would want my leader to value these attributes about me.