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When leaders are aware of the different leadership styles, they can choose the style that suits them best or integrate the styles together to reach a desired outcome. Different leadership styles can create the same results, but will have a different effect on team members. Someone with a “Collaborative” leadership style solicits input from team members.
When to use
The collaborative leadership style works well when you have a really great team around you and you don’t need to be super structured.
The collaborative leader solicits input from their team. This allows their team to help make decisions, to craft a vision, to direct action plans.
Examples of companies with collaborative leadership
- Wordpress – This is an open platform where people can collaborate and add things to make the product better.
- Zappos – The leader of Zappos took the collaborative leadership style to a whole new level. Zappos does not have middle management. They practice something called holacracy, where the individuals are more responsible for their actions. They take out middle management. They put their A players on a team and let them know their goals and objectives and they hold each other accountable.
- Google – They have an open team culture.
- Ford – Henry Ford prided himself on having people smarter than himself around him, so he was able to lead using the collaborative style.
- Sparks creativity and innovation.
- Team members really buy into projects because they have a voice.
- It is a very positive culture.
- Lack of structure.
- Some people take advantage of the freedom.
- A lot of grey area.
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