Glossary Term: Participative Leadership

Definition

Participative leadership is the leadership style where leaders listen to their employees and involve them in the decision-making process. This requires an inclusive mindset, good communication skills and the ability — or inclination — to share power.

What are the characteristics of participative leadership?

A participative leader is an open-minded person who is open to advice and feedback that will help the organization or community to succeed. They help raise morale by taking suggestions from those under them and incorporating those suggestions into the plan of action.

Why is participative leadership important?

Participative leadership improves morale. If people feel heard, they are more likely to contribute and feel their contribution is valuable. This is a fundamental requisite for a happy and motivated workforce.

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