Consultative leadership is another of the leadership traits under the Bass and Collegues’ Five Styles of leadership. Consultative leadership is also task oriented. It focuses on the end result almost as much as the directive leadership style.
However, the consultative leader also does something over and above the directive leader, which is to ask his subordinates for opinions. While he ultimately has the authority to make the final decision, he is willing to listen to the viewpoints of his team.
This is likely because the consultative leader is in a position where he does not know the whole situation and he requires the views and opinions of the team on the ground that he may be able to make an informed decision. This could happen in either a huge corporation in a specialized industry where the experts are the engineers and scientists working in the frontlines.
Another reason a leader can choose the consultative leadership style is because he is humble enough to listen and consider all views before coming to a final decision. Despite having the complete authority to make a final decision, he chooses to listen to the team because he knows that he does not know everything.
As a result, the quality of decisions he makes will often be far better than if he would have made them himself.
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