As a leader, are you facilitative or directive?
Facilitation is a way of providing leadership without taking the reins. It's the facilitator's job to get others to assume responsibility and take the lead.
Here's an example: Your employees bring you a problem, but instead of offering them solutions, you offer them a method to guide the members with which they can develop their own answers. You attend the meetings to guide the members through their discussions, step-by-step, encouraging them to reach their own conclusions.
Rather than being a player, a facilitators acts more like a referee. That means you watch the action, more than participate in it. You control which activities happen. You keep your finger on the pulse and know when to move on or to wrap things up. Most important, you help members define and reach their goals.
From: Facilitating With Ease! by Ingrid Bens
Published by: Jossey-Bass