Direct and Democratic Leadership
Lupton-Bowers Pamela, Consultant, Switzerland
I still like the oldie but goody Tannebaum Schmidt model of leadership styles from Autocratic to Democratic
(or rather Facilitative).
I work in the humanitarian and response sector and there are clearly times when direct leadership is required - in times of high risk, security issues and expedience in time and result.
There are many times in the routine work where a manager does well to consult with her team to get input, ideas and for them to question her decision; there are times when a leader needs to inspire and excite people around a strategic direction, and there are clearly times when people need to be consulted and engaged in processes that impact the long term sustainability of them individually, of the team or organisation.
The challenge is not only to RECOGNISE the appropriate style for the circumstance, but to be able to FLEX your skills to excercise that leadership. I find this continuum of styles creates the most 'Ah Ah' moments for participants in leadership workshops.