Situational Leadership Theory

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If you haven’t noticed it yet, most leadership theories build on the previous one. In the same manner, situational leadership theory builds upon contingency theory. Where contingency theory asserts that certain leaders work best in certain environments because of their leadership style, situational leadership theory argues that any leader can work best in any environment by changing their style accordingly. Intro to Leadership Theory.

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However in reflecting upon my presentations and client engagements, I’ve noticed that it’s not an infrequent occurrence to find that even the most savvy executives misconstrue certain basic leadership ideas. Can you recognize the leadership styles of others?

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Why Theory?

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That’s why books by celebrity CEOs and leadership gurus are among the best sellers of any list. However, when this is all we consume about leadership, we succumb to survivorship bias. While a celebrity CEO may reveal the 7 secrets he used to climb to the top, how are we to know it works in every situation? Leadership and organizational theories are constructed and tested by examining not just the successes but also the failures. Intro to Leadership Theory.

Transformational Leadership Theory

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Transformational leadership is a relatively new approach to leadership that focuses on how leaders can create valuable and positive change in their followers. James MacGregor Burns first introduced the concepts of transformational leadership when studying political leaders, but this term is now used when studying organizations as well. Burns described two leadership styles: transactional and transformational. Intro to Leadership Theory.

Trait Theory

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Underlying this search was the early recognition of the importance of leadership and the assumption that leadership is rooted in the characteristics that certain individuals possess. So it is natural that the first systematic attempt t study leadership researched the traits of leaders. Trait theory argues that effective leadership isn’t contingent on the situation or the followers, but rather the level to which leaders have certain characteristics.

A Word on Theory

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What makes some leadership theories more useful than others is the same as what makes earth-shape theories more useful than others: situation. The theory that will be most useful is the theory that works best with the situation. This is why leaders and aspiring leaders both need to become students of leadership theories: in order to know which one the situation calls for. Intro to Leadership Theory. Situational Leadership Theory.

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New Micro-Training Linked 2 Leadership: The Leadership Collaboratory Articles of Faith: Leaders Think And Contemplate Andrew Schank Leadership Sabotage: Intentional or Not? Simply put: Paycheck Leadership lacks heart. Leadership really messed up this week…” ).

Contingency Theory

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Maybe leadership isn’t about who you are, what skills you have or how you act. Maybe what defines effective leadership is about more than just you. This inquisitive contemplation brought forth the idea of Contingency theory, and moved the field of leadership theory forward by another drastic step. Developed by Fielder, Contingency theory examines the leader in conjunction with the situation the leader is in. Intro to Leadership Theory.

Servant Leadership Theory

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The magnum opus of Robert Greenleaf, Servant Leadership is a recent theory of leadership that argues that the most effective leaders are servants of their people. Unlike many approaches to leadership, which offer suggestions on how top-level leaders can influence and motivate those further down the hierarchy, servant leaders puts its emphasis on collaboration, trust, empathy and ethics. Intro to Leadership Theory. Situational Leadership Theory.

Path-goal Theory

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Path-goal theory is half leadership, half motivational theory. According to path-goal theory, leaders help followers be selecting a style of leadership (directive, supportive, participative or achievement-oriented) that motivates followers and helps them move toward the desired reward. Path-goal theory provides leaders with a practical yet theoretical foundation for discerning which leadership style to select. Intro to Leadership Theory. Situational Leadership Theory.

Style Theory

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How leaders combine these two behaviors determines their leadership effectiveness. Both the Ohio State and Michigan studies sought to identify the best combination of the leadership behaviors (although each used differing terms). Their research leads to a myriad of research attempting to define leadership behaviors that worked in every situation. However, the results of this research are inconclusive, suggesting that there is not one best style of effective leadership.

Skills Theory

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The two primary theories to develop from a skills approach were Katz’sthree-skill approach and Mumford’s skills model of leadership. The three-skill approach argued that effective leadership required three skills: technical, human and conceptual skills. Effective leadership is dependent on how leader competencies are affected by the leader’s attributes, experiences and the environment. In this way, leadership is available to anyone.

Intro to Leadership Theory

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Airport bookstores are crowded with books on leadership, and each one seems to promote a “leadership lack.” On and on the dialogue goes to the point where readers become be confused because the 21 Unassailable Edicts of Leadership are different than the 7 Routines of Really Efficient Leaders. With this in mind, I will admit that I do not believe my “leadership lack” to be the most pressing issue in organizations, just the easiest to fix. Intro to Leadership Theory.

Profit from Conflicts!

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by Utpal Vaishnav on September 9, 2010 A zero-conflict workplace is like living in fool’s paradise and wiser is one who is able to make profit even from the conflicts. Situational leadership is good not situational relationships. Profit from Conflicts!

Book Review: Leadership & The One Minute Manager

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And in fact, that is exactly what Leadership and the One Minute Manager is, with one important difference. Instead of selling a compilation of the authors own musings on leadership, Leadership and the One Minute Manager presents a compelling case for and explanation of situational leadership theory. Leadership blanchard book review At first it may seem an odd choice for a book review.

10 Leadership Battles – And How To Win Every One of Them

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Home About Me About This Blog Starbucker’s Amazon Store TerryStarbucker.com Ramblings From a Glass Half Full 10 Leadership Battles – And How To Win Every One of Them by Starbucker on November 1, 2009 In our quest to become great leaders we take on a constant stream of internal battles. This post was selected as one of the five best independent business blog posts of the week in my Three Star Leadership Midweek Review of the Business Blogs.