Democratic Leadership Style

Individual Assignment (suggested level of effort: 1.5 hours)

Write a short paper identifying one or more of the leadership styles that most represent you that are listed in Section 3.4.5.1, PMBOK 6e.  Once you identify the leadership style that describes you, conduct some research into that style and write a post that properly paraphrases or summarizes one or two references. 

This is not an exercise of writing what you think you know and understand about a leadership style, but rather conducting some research of existing literature (e.g., get copies of references found at the end of each chapter in CPM 4e) sources and presenting it using good grammar and coherent writing style.

You will be assessed on content (80 points) and in-text citation of references used for summarizing, paraphrasing and quoting and other writing mechanics (20 points). 

See the Purdue OWL (Links to an external site.) website for guidance on in-text citations.  Content should primarily focus on material from literature with some linkage to examples in your own professional experience to demonstrate you understand the leadership style.

Mechanics: The paper should be a minimum of 400 words. Each reference should be listed at the end of the paper following APA guidelines.  Online blogs are not acceptable references.

Your Instructor will use Turn-it-in to ensure your paper is authentic work. 

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Democratic Leadership Style

The democratic leadership style describes well my behavior in project management. I tend to encourage team participation in decision-making. I believe a team that makes decisions together owns the project and performs willingly to achieve the commonly agreed goals.

Sharma et al. describe a democratic leader as one who encourages the participation of the team members in making decisions (Sharma & Singh, 2013). The leadership style aims at increasing the morale of the team members by offering guidance and accepting inputs from the junior staff. This leadership style is said to lead to increased satisfaction and productivity of the team members. Democratic leaders have trust and confidence in their people and empower them by allowing them to share their ideas.

Whenever an issue arises in an organization or among the project team, the participants are involved in discussing the situation and coming up with ideas to deal with the situation. The ideas supported by most of the team members end up being agreed upon as the best way to go. One of the limitations of this leadership style is that it is time-consuming as it involves the participation of all the relevant parties in decision-making.

In exploratory research conducted by Sharma et al., various parameters were used to analyze the democratic leadership style of twenty-five leaders of Manipur, India. These parameters include decision-making, the involvement of subordinates, ideas, and inputs, employees’ involvement, motivating factor, participation and sharing of skills, working with staff, and mediation. The leaders sampled were drawn from the private and government sectors. The results from the study revealed that leaders from that state are mostly democratic.

The respondents indicated that they take ideas and inputs from their team members that help in making decisions. The democratic leaders were mostly from the public and government sectors, while the bureaucratic ones were mostly from the private sector. The study further showed that in a democratic environment, the team members tend to be more collaborative and not competitive in their activities. Collective decision-making was said to be more powerful than the decisions made only by the leaders.  The study further identified a positive relationship between democratic leadership and follower satisfaction.

Source

Sharma, L. J., & Singh, S. K. (2013). A Study on the Democratic Style of Leader. International Journal of Management & Information Technology Volume 3, No 2, January 2013, 54-57.