Democratic Leadership Style
Characteristics of the democratic leadership style:
In this leadership style there is wide participation in the decision making process.
This leader offers guidance and she also genuinely seeks the input and opinions of her employees – the opinions of the employees might count just as much as the opinion of the leader – even if she will make the final decision.
What these leaders seek is to build consensus through collaboration.
Pros of this leadership style:
Broad participation augments the diverse points of view and the amount of information – which in turn improves the quality of the decisions.
This involvement and participation … Increases employees’ motivation and commitment to the decision madeHelps employees strengthen their professional development by participating in meaningful dialoguesIt improves job satisfaction
Cons of this leadership style:
The decision-making process takes longer because of the broad participation.
If the employees lack enough experience and/or knowledge, this leadership style is not appropriate.
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