Definition: Affiliative Leadership [əˈfɪliˌeɪt ˈlidərˌʃɪp] is one of those management styles in which leaders abstract from management as such and allow group members to make their own decisions. Researchers have found that, as a rule, this style of management leads to low productivity of each member of the team. Usually, this style of management is characterized by the following features:
insignificant number or complete absence of instructions from the head;
for subordinates, there is a complete freedom of action in the course of decision-making;
tools and resources necessary to solve the tasks of the team are provided by the manager;
members of the group solve problems independently.
Affiliative Leadership In a Sentence:
Affiliative Leadership can be effective in situations where team members are highly qualified, motivated and able to work independently.
Despite the fact that Affiliative Leadership implies the absolute lack of influence of the leader on the group, many managers still remain open and accessible to the members of the team, thus trying to hold consultations and receive feedback.
Synonyms and related words: independence, avoidance of conflicts, self-management