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democratic leadership

Definition of Democratic Leadership

(noun) A leadership style in which the leader encourages creative participation by members of the group to solve problems and builds their consensus prior to taking action.

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Democratic Leadership Pronunciation

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Syllabification: dem·o·crat·ic lead·er·ship

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Phonetic Spelling

  • American English – /dem-uh-krAt-ik lEE-duhr-ship/
  • British English – /de-muh-krAt-ik lEE-duh-ship/

International Phonetic Alphabet

  • American English – /ˌdɛməˈkrætɪk ˈlidərˌʃɪp/
  • British English – /ˌdɛməˈkrætɪk ˈliːdəʃɪp/

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Works Consulted

Abercrombie, Nicholas, Stephen Hill, and Bryan Turner. 2006. The Penguin Dictionary of Sociology. 5th ed. London: Penguin.

The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language. 5th ed. 2011. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

Bruce, Steve, and Steven Yearley. 2006. The SAGE Dictionary of Sociology. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE.

Brym, Robert J., and John Lie. 2007. Sociology: Your Compass for a New World. 3rd ed. Belmont, CA: Wadsworth.

Jary, David, and Julia Jary. 2000. Collins Dictionary of Sociology. 3rd ed. Glasgow, Scotland: HarperCollins.

Wikipedia contributors. (N.d.) Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Wikimedia Foundation. (https://en.wikipedia.org/).

Cite the Definition of Democratic Leadership

ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2015. “democratic leadership.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved June 23, 2024 (https://sociologydictionary.org/democratic-leadership/).

APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)

democratic leadership. (2015). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from https://sociologydictionary.org/democratic-leadership/

Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date – Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2015. “democratic leadership.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed June 23, 2024. https://sociologydictionary.org/democratic-leadership/.

MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)

“democratic leadership.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2015. Web. 23 Jun. 2024. <https://sociologydictionary.org/democratic-leadership/>.