1.Assess whether Jayne is a democratic leader?
2.Evaluate whether Jayne moving away from a democratic leadership style will increase sales volumes?
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- 20-02-2016 00:16
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- 22-02-2016 01:30
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- 07-02-2017 10:05
1. A democratic leader is a type of leader that encourages members of the group to take a more participative role in the decision-making process whilst also guiding them in the direction they believe is the best option to take. Everyone is given the opportunity to participate, ideas are exchanged freely, and discussion is encouraged.
Jane initially shows the ideals and beliefs of a democratic leader as she asks for feedback on her idea from senior staff and listens to the ideas of senior sales staff even though they were sceptical about her idea, however she did not take take on board the ideas and did what she thought was best regardless, although she could have thought this was the best option for Perfect Paper plc. as she was under pressure to increase the sales by 3%. Jayne could also be seen as taking a more autocratic approach or threatening the employees with redundancies and her plan to “monitor staff more closely”. The fact that her mind was “made-up” implies that regardless of the employees comments or not she would’ve gone ahead with Mark anyway, her leadership style is fundamentally democratic but she has traits of autocratic leadership in her style.
Although the initial idea was from another college, Mark, so she had clearly listened to his ideas and Mark felt comfortable enough to share his thoughts with her due to her openly democratic leadership style. Perhaps if she had taken a more democratic approach, other employees would have had better ideas which were more likely to increase sales, particularly considering the vast experience her sales team. As well as Jayne explaining that time away from the office would be well-paid which may suggest a paternalistic leadership style.
Therefore it would be fair to say that Jayne, in theory, certainly wants to have a democratic approach but whether she actually follows through with this leadership style is debatable as we can see from her actions that she took on a more autocratic approach in dealing with the employees when they disagreed with her, which was very undemocratic. However, it was Mark’s idea that she took which would suggest that her leadership style is democratic as she is using the ideas of others and guiding them forward in success.
thats what I wrote anyway, hope it helps