Alma Monge Prof. Joan Ready BSC407_08_MM: The Effective Organization 6 August 2015 According to Cherry (n.d.), the democratic leadership style is also know as participative leadership specifically because individuals forming part of the group are able to have a more participative function in the group’s decision-making processes. All members of the group are able to participate as they please given the free exchange of opinions and ideas, and the continuous encouragement of discussion about group issues and projects. Democratic leadership is characterized by the promoting of team members’ sharing of ideas and opinions but with the leader(s) preserving the final word about the team’s decision-making. The democratic leadership style’s
Democratic leaders allow the team to provide input before making a decision, although the degree of input can vary from leader to leader. This style is important when team agreement matters, but it can be difficult to manage when there are lots of different perspectives
Instead of making decisions on your own, you gather people to help make the appropriate decision (Ryan, n.d.). On the other hand, Rasel (2013) associates the following advantages with the democratic leadership style: 1. Participation to decision making: The democratic leader encourages participation of the group members in the decision making process. Hence, all group members are motivated and interested towards contributing to the overall achievement of the established goals. 2.
Democratic leadership is widely used in environments which require participation, involvement, creativity and commitment to a settlement. Researchers are inclined to believe that this leadership style is usually the most effective, since its benefits far outweigh any potential costs. Increased followers’ productivity, satisfaction and entanglement are the usual consistent output that arise when adopting a democratic
Democratic leaders are the ones that allow the team members to give their input before making any important decision. This style is important when all team members agree on the same decision, but it can be very difficult to manage when there are a lot of team members with different opinions. Lastly the Laissez-faire leaders are the ones who allow the team to make all and most of the decisions. This usually works well if the team is motivated and capable. This leadership style can also easily fail due to the leader getting to comfortable and distracted.
The next leadership style is democratic leadership. Democratic leader always let their employees to get involved in any decision making process such as organizational change. A democratic leader will not make changes or proceed with decision-making without the help or consensus of the staff. Which means that if the leader or top management is to make decision-making, they will go through employees also to ask for their opinions. The motivational tactic used by democratic leader is inclusion, where the employees of the organization is part of the decision-making process.
Autocratic style of leadership which is also known to many as authoritarian leadership places focus on one individual in charge of a group is run, this individual makes all the necessary decision with little or no input from the other member of the group. An authoritarian leader is very useful especially if this individual in charge of a group that is not enthusiastic or interested in getting the work done, this allows this leader to take control of this group and make the appropriate decisions in getting the work done, this leader work based on his or her judgement and do not give what he or she considers to be important duties to the other member of the group. There are a lot of downsides to an autocratic leadership style due to the fact the autocratic leaders makes al the decisions in the group it can cause the other group members to resent them or to feel inferior to them.
Self-Appraisal on Leadership As a leader in the camp, the democratic behaviour approach is used. The democratic leadership style, which is not control the subordinates/ followers but guide them to complete the task. “Democratic leaders treat subordinates as fully capable of doing work on their own” (Northouse, 2014). The suggestions are given to them and help them to reach their goals. Therefore, they gain own freedom, my trust and my support.