Participative Leadership

Essay by Tamara096High School, 12th gradeA, September 2014

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Tamara Mayers Management of Business

Mr Goodridge 21st October 2013


John the manager of KTJ Company Limited has been described by his workers as a participative leader.

Define the term Participative Leadership (3 marks )

Discuss 2 advantages & 2 disadvantages of the participative style of leadership (16 marks)

Outline 3 situations in which the participative style of leadership would be useful (6 marks )

Due Monday 21st October 2013

What is Participative Leadership?

Participative or democratic leadership is a managerial style that invites input from employees on all company decisions. Therefore the workers of KTJ Company Limited are included in all business activities and decision making. Consequently, they are given pertinent information regarding company issues, and a majority vote may sometimes determine the course of action the company will take. Thus the leader (John) maintains an egalitarian atmosphere within the business, that is, he believes in treating all people as deserving of respect and equal opportunities; however it doesn't mean everyone has an equal say on final decisions.

Managers who use this style are typically excellent communicators.

Subsequently, this style of leadership boosts the morality of its employees and is advantageous to the business's productivity and efficiency. Basically, since employees are engaged and given a voice in the operations of the company, they will feel valued and believe that their role is more submissive and restricted; as a result the workers have more of a tendency to withdraw and focus on task completion and will feel personally liable for the success or failure of the entity. Also, the staff morale remains at a high level because there is an appreciation for the chance to be part of the company's decision-making process and so, employees will also take a more active role in improving the work conditions when they...