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  1. Abstract
  2. Introduction
  3. The continuum of leadership behavior
    1. Authoritative leadership
    2. Democratic leadership
  4. Leadership and cognition
  5. Conclusions
  6. References

Within the context of democratic leadership, organizational members are both allowed and desired to participate in the decision making process shifting strategic planning from being the sole liability of the leader to be a shared organizational responsibility. In contrast, authoritative leadership denies any participation of the subordinates in the strategic decision making abolishing effective communication and raising barriers between top management and workforce.

[...] The adaptation period required until the organization sets the new organizational culture, necessitates a leader who has the ability to motivate employees by making clear to them how their work fits in the new organizational vision. Authoritative leadership drives organizational climate and maximizes commitment to the organization's goals and strategies, by allowing subordinates to understand what they are doing, while accepting that the leader has the absolute authority. Within this context, authoritative leadership has a strongly positive impact on the organization leading to successful strategy implementation Democratic Leadership Democratic leadership allows and desires the participation of subordinates in the strategic decision making (Tannenbaum & Schmidt, 1973). [...]


[...] In that sense, democratic leadership has a positive impact on the organization leading to successful strategy implementation. Within the context of democratic leadership, the Distributed Leadership Model (DLM) emerges in an effort to view leadership as a changing process. The model holds that leadership should shift from command and control people to cultivate and coordinate them (Ancona, Malone, Orlikowski, & Senge, 2007) and it is viewed as a set of four dimensions. Sensemaking: associated to organizational structure, it refers to the understanding of the surrounding organizational environment (market realities, competition etc) and focuses on shaping how people understand themselves, their work, and others engaged in that work as to pursue the strategies required to meet the organizational objectives. [...]

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