Laissez Faire Leadership Examples and How to Implement Them
As we have discussed in a recent article about Autocratic Leadership, it’s not always clear what these kinds of leadership styles look like and, because of this obscurity, it can be hard for some to see how they might work in a business setting.
In this article, we’re going to discuss a very different kind of role to
So, without further ado, let’s get into some
1. A Leader Who Listens
Now, more than ever, employees want to feel as though their voices are heard and their concerns are being dealt with. In this day and age, leaders operating with autocratic approaches find very little success.
It should come as no surprise that the first example of how you can show yourself to be a
You might then be thinking, “What does a
Laissez Faire Leadership Example 1: A team member comes to you and says, “The way the team structure has been set out is not as productive as it could be. Can you rearrange the team structure so that we work better together?”. A
Notice, the leader didn’t step in and interfere with any structures or processes. They didn’t suggest ways around the issue. They simply provided support for the team to do that themselves. They listened to the concern but ultimately left it up to their employees and their own experiences and abilities to figure it out themselves. This is the essence of
2. A Leader Who Demonstrates Trusts
Now, we understand how a
As you might guess by the title of this section, it all comes down to trust. A leader who is able to trust their team is a leader who is able to operate effectively in
Companies who operate successfully with
Laissez Faire Leadership Example 2: An employee comes to you and says that another member of the team isn't pulling their weight. Does the
Notice, the leader never stepped in and outright asked the team member if they thought they had been working effectively enough. They offered them the opportunity to improve their own effectiveness, leaving the autonomy with the individual team members.
3. A Leader Who Has a Clear Vision
It can often be hard for a leader to let go of the management of their teams, not because they don’t trust their staff, but because they don’t trust the vision they’ve set out.
A leader who is confident in the abilities of their team has the potential to be a great
Laissez Faire Leadership Example 3: You outline your vision to your team and challenge them to create, plan and execute their own strategy in order to follow it. However, later down the line, you have a suspicion that changing your team’s course might yield better results. Do you step in and alter course or allow the team to follow through. A
So I will leave you with the question of how do you think