A participative leadership style takes into consideration the opinions and thoughts of the subordinates before making a decision.
This type of leader is useful especially in situations where you can tap on the talent of your team.
Ultimately, you may not be the most equipped in your team to handling situations so you might want to make a collective decision with your team.
A board of directors often behave in this fashion, where before a decision is made, the whole board is consulted and then a decision be made unanimously.
The responsibility of the decision will be bore by the whole team as a result.
To have skills as a leader in this area, you must have the skill of facilitation; to learn how to facilitate discussion and idea generation in a group.
Sometimes people don’t speak up for various reasons and your job as a leader in this case is to draw everyone to speak up so that you can tap on everyone’s thoughts and potential.
This is important because everyone must be willing to bear equal responsibility for a decision that is put forward.
This form of leadership probably works best in the setting of large organizations where there are a lot of shareholders or directors.
Bass and ColleaguesBernard M Bass developed this model for types of leadership based on two simple objectives; which is task orientation and people orientation.
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