Employee-centred Leadership Style


The concept describes a key leadership style that underpins contemporary thinking on participatory and consultative management. Using research evidence and case studies, it explains the advantages and disadvantages of employee-centred leadership styles, and provides step-by-step guidance on implementation and success factors.

Technique Overview

Employee-centred Leadership Style

Employee-centred Leadership Style Definition

An employee-centred leadership style emphasises interpersonal relationships and is sometimes associated with a participatory approach in which leaders seek to involve other people in the process such as subordinates, peers, superiors and other stakeholders (Saiyadain, 2003). Employee-centred leaders focus on their employees more than the broad technical aspects of the job. Employee-centred leadership has been shown to increase employee satisfaction ratings in terms of satisfaction with supervision and satisfaction with the work itself (Richmond et al., 1983).

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  • Blake B. and Mouton J. (1985) The Managerial Grid III, Leadership Dilemmas—Grid Solutions, Houston.
  • Burnes, B. (2014) Managing Change, Pearson, Essex, UK.
  • CIPD (2014). the Innovation Imperative: the Challenge for HR. Survey Report. London: CIPD. http://www.cipd.co.uk/hr-resources/research/innovation-imperative-challengehr. aspx
  • Fiedler, F. E. (1967) A Theory of Leadership Effectiveness, New York, McGraw-Hill.

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