Participatory Leadership

Participatory leadership has not been uniformly defined and is often conflated with collaborative leadership. Yet participatory leadership is not necessarily collaborative in nature. In considering leadership styles, one can view them as lying along a continuum with autocratic leadership at one end and collaborative leadership at the other. Autocratic leadership involves a low level of participation by anyone other than the primary decision maker, whereas collaborative leadership involves a very high degree of participation whereby subordinates and team members reach consensus on a final decision. Participatory leadership lies along this continuum, between autocratic and collaborative leadership. This entry provides an overview of participatory leadership, discusses its origins and benefits, and then explores the role of participatory leadership in higher education institutions.


Nancy Yi-Feng Chen and Dean ...

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