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Democratic Leadership Style

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Rebecca Franklin

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Democratic Leadership Style By Adele Webster, Jess Davis, Lucy Gordon, Mike Garrity and Rebecca Franklin What is it? Strengths Weaknesses "Groups need to get things done, and the group leader can be instrumental
in helping the group to accomplish its goals. But groups also
need to get along, and the leader can help the group maintain some
level of satisfaction" (Foels, Driskell, Mullen and Salas, 2000, P.676). When can it be used? Strengths and Weaknesses Conclusion A Democratic Leader...

seeks the advice and input from members of the group
encourages others to participate in decision making.
encourages the group to fulfill goals through everyone expressing their opinions and all contribute to the decision making process.
assumes that individuals are motivated by internal forces.
Must be able to communicate decisions to the group so unity is formed.

Democratic Style is...
Very open and reciprocal way of running a team.
Allows for ideas to be discussed openly.
Involves everyone in the process.
enables conversation and encourages people to share ideas.
Allows for improvement to be considered.
(Zaremba, 2010) Lewins study found that democratic leadership is the most effective leadership to use.
they offer guidence to group leaders and allow for all members of the group to have an input.
Contributions from the group will depend on the types of people within it.
Lewins study found children were less productive than other leadership styles but their contributions were of higher quality.
Although everyone is included the leader will still over rule the final decision after the ideas had been discussed.
Group members due to being engaged will feel motivated and creative. vs Because group members are encouraged to share their thoughts, democratic leadership can leader to better ideas and more creative solutions to problems (Cherry, 2011).

Group members also feel more involved and committed to projects, making them more likely to care about the end results (Cherry, 2011).

Research on leadership styles has also shown that democratic leadership leads to higher productivity among group members (Cherry, 2011).

The collaborative environment created by this style often results in more thorough solutions to problems (Cherry, 2011)

Spending time with groups getting ideas allows the leader to build trust, respect and commitment from the group (Cherry, 2011).

By allowing learners to make decisions that can affect pupils learning and how they do it, a democratic leader drives up flexibility and responsibility (Goleman, 2000)

By listening to ideas and concern of people this can allow the leader to make the right decisions in order to keep morale high (Goleman, 2000)

By allowing people to have a say in setting goals people who operate a democratic style tend to be very realistic on what can and can’t be achieved (Goleman, 2000) In situations where roles are unclear or time is of the essence, democratic leadership can lead to communication failures and uncompleted projects.

Group members may not have the necessary knowledge or expertise to make quality contributions to the decision-making process.

The democratic leader depends on the knowledge of his followers or employees. If the workforce is inexperienced, this style is not very effective. You simply need a fair amount of experience to make good decisions.

The other drawback of the democratic style is that the collaborative effort takes time. When you ask people for their opinions, it takes time for them to explain what they think and for others to understand what they are saying.

If the business need is urgent, then the democratic leader needs to switch styles To summarize, the pros and cons of this style it has many strengths however these strengths can also become weaknesses. References Foels. R, Driskell. J, Mullen. B, Salas. E. (2000). The effects of Democratic Leadership on group member satisfaction, An Integration. Small Group Research. 31 (1), 676-701

Leadership toolbox. (2008). Leadership Styles: Democratic Leadership Style. Available: http://www.leadership-toolbox.com/democratic-leadership-style.html . Last accessed 9th Oct 2012.

Zaremba.A (2010). Crisis Communication Theory and Practise. USA: M.E.Sharpe INC.. 184-186.

K.Cherry, (2012), Lewins Leadership Styles, http://psychology.about.com/od/leadership/a/leadstyles.htm, Last accessed 10 oct 2012. When situations change frequently a democratic approach allows flexibility within a team; •It works well with creative groups as it allows ideas to flow in an environment find new concepts
• The service industry generate new ideas and allow more flexibility to changing customer demands
•Education is a place that needs to be open to discussion, not only between educators but by students too. How can it be used? Keep Communication open; everyone needs to feel comfortable enough to put their ideas on the table.
Focus on the discussion; It’s the leader’s job to balance being open to ideas and keeping everything on-topic.
Respect everyone's ideas;it is important, that you create a healthy environment where those ideas are entertained and considered It is most effective in a workforce with experienced knowledge of the group. It highly depends on the type of people within the group whether this leadership style is successful or not. People can share their ideas but have to understand the process first, everyone can contribute and your idea may not be the best one. This leadership style sometimes can be time consuming.
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