It depends on what version of democracy we're talking about. Even the more advanced versions today are still in their adolescence and would benefit from improvements and innovations for a digital, global age.
We would do well to evolve to where engagement doesn't mean periodic representational voting as consumers but ongoing learning and direct engagement as contributors.
Organizational leaders who lack experience and competency in facilitating authentic engagement in decisions and strategy lack the will and skill to share power and responsibility. This is a profound issue because until this happens, they leave over 80% of their talent unengaged, and most importantly, don't even know it. The good news is that it is possible, and equitably rewarding for everyone .