To be facilitative, sounds a lot better than authoritative or dictator. Facilitative leadership is simply the idea that an effective leader is really there to just make sure that everyone is happy and able to perform in their roles.
A facilitative leader will spend time empowering employees. They will help the group feel the vision and optimism necessary to be effective.
A facilitative leader is not much of a micro manager. They simply provide the vision and instruction and set goals and let employees do the rest. When they see road blocks to success, they remove them. The act of removing obstacles makes the leader facilitative.
The approach of facilitative leadership is assertive. In many autocratic organizations, you can expect employees to toe the micromanagement line and deal with their own problems. In a facilitative role, employees are empowered and treated as valued partners. If problems persist, management coaches employees and can refer employees to get additional help.
Facilitative leadership is simply a term that applies to good leadership. Any leadership team will need to be facilitative, at times, and authoritarian, on other occasions. The best leadership will know how to change the leadership style with the personalities of each individual and manager. To facilitate leadership proper training on assertive behavior and employee empowerment are required.