July 28th, 2012 Laissez Faire Leadership
The laissez-faire leadership style is also known as the hands-off style. It is one in which the manager provides little or no direction and gives employees as much freedom as possible. All authority or power is given to the employees and they must determine goals, make decisions, and resolve problems on their own.
This is an effective style to use when:
- Employees are highly skilled, experienced, and educated.
- Employees have pride in their work and the drive to do it successfully on their own.
- Outside experts, such as staff specialists or consultants are being used
- Employees are trustworthy and experienced.
This style should not be used when:
–It makes employees feel insecure at the unavailability of a manager.
–The manager cannot provide regular feedback to let employees know how well they are doing.
–Managers are unable to thank employees for their good work.
–The manager doesn't understand his or her responsibilities and is hoping the employees can cover for him or her.