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laissez-faire leadership

Definition of Laissez-faire Leadership

(noun) A leadership style in which a leader allows members of the group to make their own decisions.

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Laissez-faire Leadership Pronunciation

  • IPA Pronunciation
    • American English
      • /ˌlɛseɪˈfɛ(ə)r ˈlidərˌʃɪp/
      • /ˌlɛzeɪˈfɛ(ə)r ˈlidərˌʃɪp/
    • British English
      • /ˌleɪseɪˈfɛː ˈliːdəʃɪp/
  • Syllabification: (lais·sez faire lead·er·ship)

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Works Consulted

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

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Cite the Definition of Laissez-faire Leadership

ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2015. “laissez-faire leadership.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved September 18, 2019 (https://sociologydictionary.org/laissez-faire-leadership/).

APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)

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

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

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2015. “laissez-faire leadership.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed September 18, 2019. https://sociologydictionary.org/laissez-faire-leadership/.

MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)

“laissez-faire leadership.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2015. Web. 18 Sep. 2019. <https://sociologydictionary.org/laissez-faire-leadership/>.