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The Affiliative Style of Leadership

Leadership styles vary and we know how important it is to have the right style for your business. At E2E, amongst different styles, we support affiliate leadership, which is a style that implements positive feedback and rewards, stemming from a strong “people come first” attitude. We know that businesses that tend to adopt this style gain a level of openness and trust with employees.

This type of leadership helps in creating a friendly climate in the workplace, and is usually found in companies with a horizontal organisation structure. It also helps to keep employee turnover low and motivation high.

However, there are downsides to this style of leadership, as poor performance from the employee might be tolerated to help keep that loyal relationship continuing. According to, leaders who implement this style will rarely give any negative feedback, inadvertently motivating employees to continue down the wrong path. Along with this, time pressures can affect the situation. Leaders may have trouble communicating the urgency of certain problems or deadlines and employees may be less concerned with working to the best of their ability.

To solve this problem, it is advisable to combine different styles of leadership in order to find the right balance, depending on the culture of your company. Experienced entrepreneurs tend to use a combination approach. Combining more democratic approaches such as the affiliative approach with more rule driven approaches like the authoritative style, should lead to long-term leadership success.