Leadership has been descried as the action of leading a group of people or an organization, or the ability to do this. It has also been defined as a process of social influence in which a person can enlist the aid and support of others in the accomplishment of a common goal or a task. There are many different leadership styles and great leaders choose such a style that fits in the situations appropriately. However, as we know that everything has both positive and negative sides, so it goes with leadership styles as well. Let us discuss briefly the prosand cons of Laissez-Faire leadership style.
Laissez-faire leadership style is also known as delegative or Free Rein leadership style. It is basically characterized by little guidance from the leader. It may not be going to an extreme to say that this is such a style under which there is no leadership. While the subordinates are provided with necessary resources, they are not guided. They are allowed to make decisions on their own. Since they are allowed to make their own decisions, it is expected from them that they should solve the problems by themselves as well. One of the most obvious benefits of Laissez-faire or free rein leadership style is that it provides positive effects on job satisfaction and results in to enhancing their morale. The subordinates are expected to take initiatives of what they need to do or perform so as to produce results. It thus gives a complete freedom to the subordinates. It must be noted that the subordinates are expected to be capable of performing their jobs in a way as wanted on the basis of their knowledge and skills; so it is considered that they can accomplish their tasks independently and yet successfully. However, this style is effective if the subordinates are experienced and fully committed to their objectives.
Not everything is in its absolute perfection, so is not this style
However, it must be noted that leadership should not be solely or specifically confined to a particular style. A leader should choose the style in accordance with the situation that demands. The indication of an effective leadership is that it moves from one style to another as the situation demands or dictates. Thus, being an effective leader necessitates having a broad collection of styles while being fully aware of appropriate powers to be used in an organization.
K. A. Fareed (Fareed Siddiqui)
Writer, Trainer, Author, blogger, Software Developer
BBA, MBA-Finance, MPhil-Financial Management, (PhD-Management)
Post Graduate Diploma in Computer Applications and Programming
Level 1 - Leadership and Management ILM – UK
Individual Member of Institute of Management Consultants of India