Chipotle's Participative Leadership Style

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In 1993 Chipotle launched its first restaurant. The initial plan was pretty straightforward. The owners wanted to prove that fast food does not necessarily mean the same as “fast-food”, but in fact meant that your food is prepared fast but you also get a quality restaurant feel. Chipotle uses the highest quality of raw ingredients, traditional culinary methods, and distinguishing interior styles. Chipotle took elements from the area of “fine dining” to the area of fast food restaurants. Nearly 20 years afterwards, Chipotle’s dedication in obtaining and using the finest ingredients as it relates respecting animals, harvesters, and the atmosphere shows throughout their Food With Integrity pledge. After reviewing the case study, I found that Chipotle enjoys a captivating story describing the how the restaurant came to be and the future for the company. The CEO, Steve Ells, had a unique vision for the restaurant and he inspired the…show more content…
With this leadership style, the leader will seek feedback from the other members within the organization, but the leader will make the ultimate decision. “Often called the democratic leadership style, participative leadership values the input of team members and peers, but the responsibility of making the final decision rests with the participative leader. Participative leadership boosts employee morale because employees make contributions to the decision-making process.” (Johnson, 2014) Steve relied heavily on his management team to help make the business one of the best restaurants. It is not humanly possible for a leader to be in more than one place at a time, therefore he needed to have a management team that was able to take on that leadership role when he was not around. Steve knew that the only way to make this happen was to include the workers and let them know that they are a vital part in the success of the

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