What management style do you use? Consultative Style (Part 3)

Having a management style is an inherent part of being a leader, knowing what your style is and how to use it for the benefit of your team makes you a better leader. When you can recognise what style you gravitate to naturally and how and when to shift gears to another style, it will help your team to be more productive, boost workplace morale and improve staff retention rates. This seven-part series is a look at some of the styles of management common in workplaces, how they can be best used and when, and how employees respond in general to each of the styles of management.


Consultative Style

  • Similar to an autocratic style
  • Micromanagement is still a priority
  • Best used short term in the wake of a crisis situation

This style is not so different from an autocratic style, the minor difference being that managers will listen to feedback from employees. While this feedback can be given and might even be heard, ultimately the management or leaders will make the final decisions.

Employees are still micromanaged and expected to follow directives with strict discipline. While staff may feel more valued because they can voice their opinions to management, over time employees come to see that this feedback is a courtesy more than a value to management, and staff who are skilled or experienced are likely to feel underappreciated over time if management never implement suggestions or continue with the same micromanagement techniques.

This style of management has value in the period following a crisis situation, when the cleaning up process is underway. Management might be looking for feedback to understand the situation on the ‘front line’, but they still need to retain close control of the situation. Used in the short term, this style can help a business move toward its goals rapidly. However, used long term, it is likely, again, to see skilled and qualified staff feel disenfranchised and move on.

In our next blog, we discuss the Pace-setting style of leadership, when this can exhaust employees and when it can drive your business.