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Make your staff and students feel included, and you’ll make better informed decisions
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s a business owner, one of your biggest challenges is to lead your team well. Should you focus on employee participation at the cost of business goals? Or do you “show them how it’s done” and expect the team to follow your lead? Is there a different approach for every situation? In this article, we’ll take a look at participative leadership and its beneﬁts. Leadership means different things to different people. However, a generally accepted deﬁnition is that it “is a process that takes place in groups in which one member inﬂuences and controls the behavior of the other members toward a common goal.” While every leader creates his or her mantra of leadership, most leadership practices fall into one of these categories. Try and ﬁgure out your style. Directive leadership: You have the ﬁrst and last word, and the group merely follows instructions. Do we sense a secret longing to be in the army? Supportive leadership: You create warm, personal relationships with your team members in order to coax their best efforts. Participative leadership: Group members are involved in the decision-making process right from the start, by contributing their ideas and suggestions. You’re a strong believer in teamwork. Achievement-oriented leadership: You give your team a goal and they work independently towards achieving it. Either you’re plain lazy, or more likely have a high degree of conﬁdence in your team’s ability. For now, let us take a closer look at participative leadership. A person who follows the participative leadership style will get a buyin from group members on most changes and important decisions before implementing them. However, the leader is still the ﬁ nal decision-making authority. Remember, participative leadership is
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not about reaching consensus; if you look for universal approval, you’ll never get anything done. Some people feel that participative leadership is a “woman thing” and makes you look soft. Let’s set the record straight: using this style is not a sign of weakness; in fact, it’s a strength that your team will respect you for.
When Does Participative Leadership Work?
While it’s not practical to change your approach with every situation, you might like to try participative leadership under speciﬁc conditions. Say you’re working on an assignment where you have limited expertise but your employees collectively have a lot of knowledge and experience. Using participative leadership is likely to create a win-win for both – they will feel included and you’ll make better informed decisions.
Can I Learn to be a Participative Leader?
Sure! Leaders are made, not born. Here are some of the important tips offered by experts: Encourage group values: Allow the group to establish values and thereby take ownership. Of course, these will have to support the ﬁrm’s objectives. Share vision: Participative leadership is all about sharing, starting with your dreams for the ﬁrm. Let your employees know where they’re headed. Create a healthy environment: It is your responsibility to create an environment based on trust and mutual respect. Give your employees their space. No growth is possible without it. Equip the team: No point taking their input if they don’t have the necessary skills for the job! Ensure they have the tools and the training.
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Beauty Link - volume 2, issue 2
Beauty Link - volume 2, issue 2
Message from the AACS President and CEA Chair
Letters to the Editor (New!)
Professional Photo Shoots
2010 Annual CEA Convention: Riding the Winds of Change
Beauty Schools 101
Burned: Mixed Messages Can Erode Client Loyalty
The Workings of Washington
AACS Listserve Q&A
Voices from the Classroom
Leadership Lessons: How to Motivate Employees in a Tough Economy
The Three Laws: How to Make Your Leadership Journey Rewarding
Beauty Changes Lives
Nuts and Bolts | Sassoon Academy Student Competition
Associate Member Profiles
New Products & Services
People & Places
Upcoming 2010 Events
New School Members
Index to Advertisers
Beauty Link - volume 2, issue 2