In this unit, we have discussed the importance of leadership in relation to strategic planning efforts. Specifically, more hands-off approaches were discussed, and these approaches consider the work that leaders do behind the scenes in strategic planning processes. Do you think that these types of approaches are the most appropriate for strategic planning? Why, or why not? Please share any personal experiences that you may have with hands-off leadership approaches.
ANSWER AND THEN REPLY TO MY CLASSMATE’S RESPONSE TO THE ABOVE QUESTIONS AND EXPLAIN WHY YOU AGREE? (A MINIMUM OF 125 WORDS or MORE EACH)
This style of leadership called Laissez-faire leadership, also known as delegated leadership, gives the group a hands-off atmosphere and allows group members to make the decisions the group must go. However, there is research, which found that this is generally the leadership style that leads to the lowest productivity among group members characterized by poor skill level, motivation, adherence to deadlines. This leadership practice is not good for groups lacking the needed skills to be self-sufficient. In addition, hands-free leadership presents poor performance or outcome, confusion over roles, and the appearance that leadership is uninvolved. The plus side for this style is complete freedom to make group decisions, expected to solve their own problems and leadership provide the tools, training, and resource needed yet leaders still hold responsibility for the group’s decision and actions. So, in my opinion when a group have the trainings skills and resources and freedom to succeed, hand-free style leadership can be effective. When members are skilled, motivated and have the knowledge to succeed.