The participative leader earns respect from his followers for having the
strength to encourage others rather than just control them. This style is not
appropriate, however, when the time is limited,
and the problem must be solved immediately.
Advantages for the group are the learning of team and acceptance that
working as a team makes the dream work!
With the right guidance, a quiet shy
person can be encouraged to speak out without the fear of ridicule.
An example of the democratic styled leadership is when I was doing phase
three on ACLC (Air Cadet Leadership Course) and I had to get the cadets to
build a log trail but not touching the floor. There was quite a lot of time to
do it, however, so I used my democratic
style of leadership because I couldn’t plan on my own and I had time to do so I
asked them for the idea and from there
ideas, I fit them all together and created a complete plan. This earned respect
from the followers also because I incorporated the ideas they gave me, and it
turned into one complete plan.
This could cause a negative effect if the leader gets flooded with ideas
and loses control because, with the
democratic leadership style, followers are allowed and are guided towards adding
ideas and suggestions.
The Autocratic leader style works well when the leader has a specific
task and all the information necessary to complete a task without any error. But this style doesn’t help when the leader
may need ideas from other people and the standard of the task may not be the best it can be. In this situation, the group needs strong confidence in
the leader as the task could fall apart and divide the group causing stress
levels and lack of trust and respect.
An example of this is from phase
one from ACLC where I had to do a certain activity but in 15 minutes (five
minutes planning time). There wasn’t a lot of time for this activity, so I used
the autocratic leadership style and planned on my own and told the followers
the exact plan in the execution stage of SMEAC. Using this style also adds a
positive effect on the follower’s mentality and enthusiasm because their ideas
have been listened to and have been incorporated into the plan.
This has a positive effect on the followers because I told them clearly
what they had to do and assigned specific roles like timekeeper. This means the follower knew exactly what they were
doing and would be able to complete the task. I knew as a leader they
understood the plan because of the Any Questions and Check of Understanding
stages of SMEAC.
A negative effect that
an autocratic leadership style could form, is it would be harder to keep the team’s motivation and enthusiasm up when they are being told what to do and are not giving their
own input or advice into the activity. This could cause a lack of respect for