I'm looking for an antonym of the word coercive, i.e., a leader who gets something done merely by asking instead of forcing someone to do something.

Any suggestions?

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    Persuasive? (I realize that's not exactly what you're asking for, but it's a necessary quality.) – Peter Shor Apr 18 '13 at 15:38
  • I agree it is a necessary quality. I'm hoping for a one word adjective. Maybe there isn't one. – jlconlin Apr 18 '13 at 15:40
  • It's not exactly in widespread use, but to me the "antonym" of a coercive leader would be an inductive leader. I don't really see how asking/forcing can be seen as "opposites" in the context of how a "leader" acts. If your boss says "Jump!", you don't say "Are you asking me, or telling me?" - you ask "How high?" – FumbleFingers Apr 18 '13 at 17:14
  • Inductive is almost there. – jlconlin Apr 18 '13 at 17:48
  • charismatic? But coercive doesn't mean forceful - it means coercive. – Charles Apr 18 '13 at 21:14

The best antonym depends on which connotations of coercive you want to negate. A leader who motivates people to act instead of ordering them could be persuasive, charismatic, or inspiring. A leader who values input instead of ignoring it could be democratic or considerate.

  • I think this answer best describes what I'm trying to define. However, I don't think there is a single word for it. – jlconlin Apr 20 '13 at 3:58

Try conducive

Tending to produce; conducing; contributive; helpful; favorable (Dictionary.com)

Tending to contribute to, encourage, or bring about some result. (AskDefine.com)

Examples of its use are at these links:

How To Maintain A Conducive Classroom Environment.

How to create a conducive workspace.

  • In my experience, conducive isn't an adjective used to describe people, but rather environments, situations, etc. – user13141 Apr 19 '13 at 7:02

What about coax?

It doesn't imply pushiness or force.


Passive perhaps. There is not likely to be a direct equivalent.

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