The collaborative leadership style
The collaborative (democratic) leadership style is the style most often mentioned by job applicants in job interviews nowadays, as it is usually the most successful and thus desired by companies. No wonder, it describes the supervisor who probably most employees would like to have: A boss, who involves them in decisions, takes an interest in their needs, provides targeted feedback and assigns responsible tasks. There is regular and transparent communication at eye level and everyone feels that they are pulling together. This is a collaborative form of leadership that undoubtedly has many advantages. There are however, a few possible disadvantages that should not be overlooked. The authority of the leader, i.e. the power to issue directives, can be diluted. It is therefore important for supervisors to position themselves as leaders, to take responsibility and to make decisions, despite the friendly and collaborative interaction.