As the name suggests this management style operates as a very open and discussion based management method. By allowing team members to have an active say in the decision making process it allows them to feel more directly involved in the projects they are attached to but also gives them a sense of control over their job. While these are just a few of the benefits seen with a Democratic Management Style let’s look more in in-depth at this particular style of team management.
One For All
This management style is reminiscent of our particular governmental policy. By putting the power in the hands of the majority it is easier and better than relying on a single individual or smaller group of individuals to make the decisions for everyone. In the case of a business environment this can pertain to anything from aspects of a specific project to company wide decisions. While most companies leave the big decisions up to the CEO or board of directors when it comes to the smaller decisions they can approach these in a more democratic manner.
All For One
Being part of a team goes beyond just working with other people to achieve a singular goal. To be an effective team everyone has to feel involved in that teams goal. In the case of business this is the project or task that is given to that team to handle. Using a democratic management approach how, who, and what about that specific task is decided on by the team itself. This instantly makes all team members feel involved in the team as well as in the goal of that team. This boosts moral as well as productivity of the team members.
Making Up For Weaknesses
Another major benefit to a democratic management style is in the merging of strengths and weaknesses of the manager and the team members. By combining the efforts of the manager with the team this will lessen or even eliminate any weaknesses that manager might have.
While a democratic management style requires more time deciding on the specifics of a task or projects this management style is perfect for any project or task that doesn’t require a quick turnaround time. While meeting deadlines isn’t impossible but if quick decision making is needed then other management styles might be a better approach. No matter what, situation always dictates the best approach to managing.