Self Assessment: Participative Leadership: Self-Assessment

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Participative Leadership There is a variety of leadership styles that one can be identified as. They can be authoritarian, procedural, transformational, participative, or laisses-faire, each one possessing strong trait that make an individual a great leader. It is certain that each style carries its pros and cons; however, when properly applied, anyone can flourish into a well-rounder leader. Being a leader is about understanding organizational goals and applying effective methods to reach those goals. Goals that once achieved brings positive change to any organization. One cannot be a change agent without being a leader. Likewise, a leader without a vision for change will be ineffective and short-lived (Trybus, 2011). For the purpose…show more content…
In past years, I have taken a variety of self-assessment to identify my leadership traits, management styles, and other characteristics, but have never taken one to identify my style. After reviewing the traits of such leadership style, it hit home knowing that I was classified as participative. As a firm believer of teamwork and the term “it takes a village to raise a child”, participative leadership is exactly what those two term reflect. In this case, the “child” is a project or an organization and the village is the team leading the surge to successfully complete their tasks collaboratively, knowing that the village chief is always available for advice and guidence. The village chief possesses this leadership style that encourages healthy communication, teamwork, and self-confidence amongst his team. Gorkman (as cited in CSU-Global, 2015) discusses the Communication, Opportunity, Advisory, and Talent (C.O.A.T.) assessment that guides leaders into making effective decisions and build such strong…show more content…
Nonetheless, this style of leadership is not for everyone. A perfect example where participative leadership is heavily demonstrated is Google. Google built their company based on family and teamwork and they validate what Gorkman (as cited in CSU-Global, 2015) stated, effective leaders research trends before leaping on a bandwagon. They want to learn if those trends represent true opportunities for the organization, and, if they do, leaders take strategic steps, aligning the talent of their followers and the resources of their organization to take advantage of the trends in a productive way. Obviously, then, learning how to anticipate the future is important. Google empowers their employees to use their skills and collaborate with others to develop progressive products, and by doing so Google as a company continues to

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