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V2.0 September 2016 SITXHRM003 Lead and Manage People Assessment BookletPage 17
Just like any other management style, laissez-faire leadership is not a one-size-fits-all solution. If it works really well when team members have expertise in their field and are highly motivated, the opposite is also true. Laissez-faire is less than ideal when the team members lack the experience or knowledge needed to make decisions in their job.Question 12What is participative leadership?In participative leadership, the leader turns to the team for input, ideas and observations instead of making all decision on his or her own. That’s not to say the leader doesn’t have the ultimate decision making task. This is to say that the leader understands the team may have skills and ideas that could benefit the decision making process.Question 13Describe a situation where a directive style of leadership would be appropriate to use.Directive leadership may be advisable when subordinates are unskilled or inexperienced at a complex task. If you are a manager who is doing tasks needs to be done by experienced and skilled staffs, however you need extra staffs on weekends but only new staffs available in that time, you can give each employee very specific instructions on how to perform his task on the line and have regular employees demonstrate the tasks aswell.SECTION 2: Develop team commitment and cooperationQuestion 14Explain why the manager should involve team members in the goal-setting process.V2.0 September 2016 SITXHRM003 Lead and Manage People Assessment BookletPage 18
Goal – setting process is very important to a team to clarify what constitutes meaningful results for them. The more team members are involved in agreeing what results they want to achieve the more committed they are likely to be to achieving them. Gaining ideas and commitment at an early stage are worth in the longer term. When the team have a challenging and meaningful goal they are committed to achieving helps work tasks to be done more quickly and effectively.So it’s important to frame the team goal setting so that the results the team commits to are challenging, clear and are goals that the members value and recognize as important.Question 15Define the term ‘empowerment’.The term empowerment refers to self-determination in people and in communities in order to enable them to represent their interests in a responsible and self-determined way, acting on their own authority. Simply speaking, the practice of giving subordinates the power to make decisions about their work.Question 16Why is it important to make plans?Planning is one of the most important techniques. Planning is preparing a sequence of action steps to achieve some specific goal. You can reduce much the necessary time and effort of achieving the goal.A plan is like a map. When following a plan, you can always see how much you have progressed towards your project goal and how far you are from your destination. Knowing where you are is essential for making good decisions on where to go or what to do next in an efficient and a good way.