chapter  20
Facilitation as a management style
ByMike Robson, Ciarán Beary
Pages 6

There is a view emerging among many management thinkers that facilitative management styles, if they are understood clearly, and practised with skill, hold the key to performing complex and demanding role. It is also relevant to note than in most organizations the leader has a responsibility for the development of subordinates. This means helping people to attain higher levels of ability and willingness. As this happens the manager/leader should adapt the style used to suit the new level of 'maturity'. There have been many contributions to the subject of management and leadership style over the years, but they have often served to frustrate managers rather than help them because, for the most part, they imply that there is one, all-purpose, ideal style that we should aspire to. This makes no sense to anyone who is responsible for a range of different people.