We realize that most people are familiar with the traditional autocratic leadership style. You know it as the "my way or highway" mentality. However, that's not the most effective way to lead.In a sense, leadership is a choice, so it doesn't necessarily come from the top down. Everyone can act as a leader, regardless of their title or role.Our job is to help you gain an understanding of Facilitative Leadership® so that you can design inclusive group processes and focus on creative thinking while maximizing contributions.If you're still unsure of our facilitative approach, the FAQs below should help you understand participation styles that honor individuals and their thought processes.
Facilitative Leadership® focuses on maximizing contributions through collaborative behaviors. Here are seven practices that a Facilitative Leader requires:
Focus on Results Process and Relationship - Produce results, sustain productivity and quality, and build a supportive work environment.
Coach for Performance - Coach team members to think more clearly, critically, and creatively when solving problems and pursuing opportunities.
Design Pathways to Action - Design actionable strategies, so individuals understand how and when to contribute.
Seek Maximum Appropriate Involvement - Involve the right people at the right time and in the most effective way to help make decisions.
Facilitate Agreements - Facilitate agreements among team members and key stakeholders.
Share an Inspiring Vision - Create and communicate an inspiring vision of the future and enroll others in its pursuit.
Celebrate Accomplishments - Celebrate success and accomplishments to create a satisfying and engaging work environment.
Yes, it is possible to be a Facilitative Leader who is neutral and fair, even if you have a specific role within a team and aren't the boss. To do this, you must:
Neutrality doesn't mean passiveness or inaction. Neutral Facilitative Leaders bring solutions so the team is stronger, shares an open line of communication, and can reach its organizational goals.
Most roles require some sort of facilitation mindset. For example, if your role entails being a change leader, business analyst, process improvement specialist, or a project manager, you are required to facilitate action and change. When you work with us, you move from being a facilitator to being a Facilitative Leader.
Generally, Facilitative Leaders:
Today's challenges and opportunities call for an expanded model of leadership. Beyond coping with change, leaders must design and manage change by tapping into the power of participation. Facilitative Leaders empower individuals to work together to achieve a common goal. They make it easier for individuals to:
Facilitative Leaders often organize their strategies using these principles:
An effective facilitator is still an individual with their own characteristics and qualities. However, they often share traits that help them succeed as a Facilitative Leader. These include being:
Facilitative Leadership provides a valuable and crucial leadership strategy because it empowers the employees throughout the organization. People feel when they are brought into the vision of the team or organization. It also offers these benefits:
Facilitative Leaders should:
We help leaders learn valuable skills that can assist with facilitation to get teams of professionals to recognize and achieve their vision of success.
The facilitator guides, plans, and manages groups to meet appropriate goals. They have the objective and focus on working together to solve problems.
The facilitator is there to use the group's existing knowledge to prepare meaningful training materials and steer discussions in the right direction.
IA Learning Leaders deliver a training program at your site. IA can also certify your internal trainers to teach our programs to people managers and project leaders within your organization.
This highly interactive, instructor-led virtual training experience is particularly useful for individuals who facilitate virtual or distributed meetings. The framework is eight two-hour sessions that fit into any work schedule and allow for on-the-job practice between sessions via practical interim assignments.
We offer training opportunities in a public workshop setting, both in-person and online. You can find a full list of our upcoming open-enrollment options here.
The goal is to give a group of individuals the opportunity and resources necessary to help them succeed or make progress in meetings. Therefore, you should know how to be prepared and flexible, manage time efficiently, set guidelines, and focus on active listening.
Facilitative Leadership is considered a good thing. Being a Facilitative Leader is not a small feat and takes work to achieve and maintain. The process to get to being comfortable as a Facilitative Leader can take time and practice. However, in the long run, the individual will feel more confident and capable in their role. Likewise, the team and organization will see the benefits beyond the individual.