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Facilitative Leadership

Key Idea

The facilitative leader focuses on the ideas and talents of an individual or team, always striving to motivate, encourage and empower in ways that increase the contributions and strengths of everyone.

Book to Reference

Facilitative Leadership. Managing Performance without Controlling People by Steve Reilly (1996)

Quick Take from the Book

The main characteristics and motivational strategies of the facilitative leader are: 

  • Influencing expectations.
  • Offering constructive feedback (and encouragement).
  • Holding others accountable.

Quote of Note

"The more you try to control a person, the less he or she will be committed to you."
— Facilitative Leadership


Related Styles: Transformational Leadership, Inclusive Leadership

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