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How facilitating democracy in teams can increase creativity and transparency

Participative Leadership
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The participative leader is more like a facilitator, characterized by fairness, competence, creativity, courage, intelligence, and honesty.

Participative or democratic leaders give importance to the opinion of the team members and engage them in the decision-making process. While the final decision ultimately rests on the leader, the factors influencing that decision come from the collective team. Employees feel valued when their opinions are considered, i.e. for procedures, strategy, or goal setting, and therefore they are more engaged and more productive.

This leadership style focuses on adapting their leadership based on the needs of the team,, and supporting them as and how they require. They are great in roles for group therapy and team coaching.

What does a higher score mean?

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You are a democratic leader, preferring to consider all opinions and input when making decisions that impact your employees, to ensure that you meet your team's requisite needs. You tend to be fair and honest, with the trust, compassion, and empathy for your employees.

What does a lower score mean?

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You prefer to be an independent decision maker, and do not need to collect votes before making a decision, therefore this type of leadership does not suit your personality.

To nurture your Participative Leadership:

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Engage your trust, compassion and empathy to connect with your team. Increase engagement by gathering their votes for any issues and decisions impacting their individual roles. By collecting feedback from your employees and implementing changes, you will be able to conduct job design and design your own role in a way that ensures employee happiness.

Use this checklist for self-evaluation

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  • Do you have a say in decisions that impact your role?
  • Do you feel valued in your role?
  • Do you have a method for collecting feedback from your team?
  • Are your opinions considered when your team is challenged?
  • Are you able to create a democratic process within your team?

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