“Collaborative Leadership Compared to Directive Leadership”


Leadership can be define with may ideas and different styles but it can only be measured by the characteristics, skills, and strategies of an individual. It is a means of communication with leaving your influence on others in either good or bad way. It have power to create leaders like Martin Luther King, Franklin Delano Roosevelt and also have created dictators such as Hitler and Fidel Castro, both ideas are considered as leader in political and social world. “According to John Gardner, in On Leadership, “Leadership is the process of persuasion or example by which an individual (or leadership team) induces a group to pursue objectives held by the leader or shared by the leader and his or her followers.” Thus, we can say that Leadership is how an individual interacts with others within and outside the organization perusing them to do something they want. By doing so, it is natural for an organization to follow the same footsteps as its leader. If a leader is suspicious, jealous and power greedy, other people within the organization are most likely to have similar behavior. If a leader is faithful to company’s philosophy, and mission, so will the others under him. Leaders can be both diplomatic and dictators, it all depends on how a leader approaches the people.

According to business dictionary, Directive leadership is “An instructional type of managerial style characterized by a leader who tells subordinate staff what they are expected to do and how to perform the expected tasks.” Whereas, The collaborative leadership is a way leader tries to involve everyone within the organization to work together, a collaborative leader believes in equality and teamwork. Where a directive leadership style helps leader to guide their subordinate staff members who are not particularly specialized to avoid any uncertainty. It is important for leader to encourage everyone to give same input as others.

“The leader’s judgment is what counts most in all aspects of leading, but most especially in assessing and acknowledging the value of contributions others make – encouraging them to keep contributing by using some, but not all of their ideas.” (Dave Crisp, Collaborative versus Directive leadership) The strong will and contribution of the leader is what motivates others to follow his or her footsteps. Directive leaders are not necessarily dictatorial or autocratic but they like to think for themselves first, they make their own decisions and like to direct the efforts of others.

There are many influential leaders around the globe but one of the greatest historic leaders in U.S history is Franklin Delano Roosevelt, he was born in 1882 at Hyde Park, New York. His effort and hard work lead the country out of great depression. In 1921, he was stricken with poliomyelitis. In 1932, He was elected for the Presidency to serve his first of the four terms. It was the era of great depression, “By March there were 13,000,000 unemployed, and almost every bank was closed”. (WhiteHouse.gov)

In his first hundred days, he proposed A New Deal program to bring recovery to business and agriculture, relief to the unemployed and to those in danger of losing farms and homes, and reform, with a new program of reform: Social Security, heavier taxes on the wealthy, new controls over banks and public utilities, and an enormous work relief program for the unemployed.  His work still inspires people, which lead him to be re-elected and serve U.S for 4 consecutive terms.

I also found interesting article on Forbes, “Why Command-and-Control Leadership Is Here to Stay” Leadership trough advertisements. Our multi/ social media world is spreading for faster than anything else. It has become one of the most faster, convenient and reliable ways of communication around the globe. Today the world of advertising is both reflecting and shaping the cultural norms in its own ways. The article begin with an advertisement of IWC luxury watches on billboard author saw at Zurich airport, which states “Engineered for men who don’t need a copilot.” After observing the advertisement the author believes that we still wants the evidence “that a leader can do without a co-pilot before we are willing to groom him or her for more collaborative roles. I wonder if that is not one reason why command and control isn’t dead at all but alive and well, at least at Zurich airport”.

According to the author “Collaborative is vegan; directive is meat and potatoes.” A very unique and critical statement presented by author, which describes that though collaborative is healthy way of leadership but people still prefer directive leadership. Probably because it has derived from the old form of leadership which is known as “commands and control leadership”

The author also talked about the father of sensational leader Victor Vroom, who has developed the Vroom-Yetton model of leadership, “a decision tree in which a few simple parameters (does the leader have all the relevant information, are the followers knowledgeable or inexperienced?) allowed the leader to choose from a menu of styles ranging from A1 (the most autocratic decision-making) to G2 (group-based decision-making, the most participative) the one most suited for the situation.”

Despite the fact that we have different forms, styles of leadership, People were more comfortable in directive leadership style. They were comfortable in following orders rather than making there own decisions depending on their wills. But I believe the time is changing now and people are getting more knowledgeable about the government body, and I think that is the reason more companies and organization are becoming diplomatic.




  • Crisp, Dave. “Collaborative versus Directive Leadership?” Collaborative versus Directive Leadership? N.p., 17 July 2013. Web. 29 Apr. 2014.
  • “Franklin D. Roosevelt.” The White House. The White House, n.d. Web. 27 Apr. 2014.
  • Rabinowitz, Phil. “Section 3. Styles of Leadership.” Styles of Leadership. Community Tool Box, n.d. Web. 29 Apr. 2014.
  • “What Is Directive Leadership? Definition and Meaning.” BusinessDictionary.com. Business Dictionary, n.d. Web. 28 Apr. 2014.
  • “What Is Leadership Style?” What Is Leadership Style? Leaders Directs, 5 July 2013. Web. 28 Apr. 2014.
  • Ibarra, Herminia. “Why Command-and-Control Leadership Is Here to Stay.” Forbes. Forbes Magazine, 21 Sept. 2012. Web. 29 Apr. 2014.




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