The facilitative leadership style is one that gets things done, but not always by the most direct route. This role demands very high and natural people skills. The facilitative leader won’t most likely be the one shouting down the office but is more likely to be the one chatting face-to-face with single employees, one at a time.
Below are 7 major factors attributed to facilitative leadership:
1. Creating A Vision To Follow
The facilitative leader doesn’t always step out in front to physically lead people but instead creates exciting and meaningful visions that their teams can believe in and follow. The leader can describe in great detail how each person can be a team player in the unfolding vision and this binds the team firmly and builds enthusiasm for the project.
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For individuals members of any team, it is very easy for their personal goals to become narrowed and lost in the grand scheme of things. With the clear and focused vision set by their facilitative leader, however, the team members have a clear path to follow. The way ahead is often boosted by further encouragement by the leader and is kept clear like a guiding light to follow.
2. A Three Dimensional Approach
Because all significant projects need to have a successful conclusion, the facilitative leader needs to handle three vital areas of the project. The first consideration is the bottom-line or the results. The second crucial area to work on is the analysis of the process being carried out to achieve the overall goals. Along the course of the development of the project, the facilitative leader will continuously monitor the processes and create ways to improve upon them. The third dimension of the project being encouraged by the facilitative leader concentrates on the team relationships.
The facilitative leader knows full well that having a team who all engage positively, and who respect each other have a far higher chance of success in meeting the challenges of the overall task. The facilitative leader will, therefore, monitor, analyze and adjust the process, improve and enhance relationships, and keep a keen eye on the results.
3. Involve The Team In Decision Making
While some styles of management are more like parents giving orders to their children, facilitative leadership invites and encourages decisions to be made by the team members. The facilitative leader will usually decide in advance which decisions will be open to discussion so that the leader can still control other major factors on their own. For the team members, they get a say in how various parts of the project will be managed which increases their commitment and also increases their job satisfaction.
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4. Create A Working Environment That Encourages Collaboration.
The facilitative leader has excellent interpersonal skills and knows how to create a harmonious working environment. It is these skills that help the leader encourage certain behaviors and beliefs within the team. The team will be supported to understand their colleagues a great deal better and become more tolerant of different personalities and ideas. The facilitative leader will model the team in these ways of thinking to allow everyone to have an equal say in the processes.
5. Planning, Guiding, And Counselling
— Chris Weber, Ed.D. (@WeberEducation) January 25, 2017
During the stages of any massive project, there will be many times that team members approach the manager for guidance. The facilitative leader takes these opportunities to allow the team members the chance to work out their own solutions.
This kind of management could be compared to counseling. When a person visits a counselor, the counselor doesn’t give answers to every question but instead guides the patient to discover their own answers by asking thought-provoking questions.
The leader will employ the same type of strategy to the problems that they are presented to them by their team members.
Another tactic can be employed when members of the team appear to be too narrowly focused. The facilitative leader needs to keep an eye on the overall planning and ensure that the entire project is progressing as it should. The leader can suggest alternative paths to achieve various goals which encourage the team to widen their thinking to see better opportunities. Creative thinking works best when there is a broad view of the road ahead rather than a narrow point of view.
6. Coach And Motivator
The last thing that team members want is a negative, forceful manager. The facilitative leader exhibits neither of these traits. Instead, the leader will aim to bring out the best in every single person in the team. Individuals will be permitted (encouraged) to think outside the usual boundaries, and they’ll be encouraged to follow their own strengths.
The manager is the perfect listener and can tune into people’s moods and concerns. Any such worries can then be skilfully turned into a positive attribute, and these words of encouragement positively lift the team member. In such instances the facilitative leader is very much like a Coach, always cheering for his own team with no reservations.
7. Every Small Success Deserves A Celebration
The facilitative leader will always be looking for minor successes as well as major ones. The minor achievements will emerge a few times each week, and the leader will seize these moments to celebrate these achievements. These small wins dramatically increase the morale of all members of the project team. Team members will have raised self-esteem, a sense of pride and an additional boost of commitment to their colleagues and the project as a result.