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. Why Theory.

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.

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Path-goal Theory

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Path-goal theory is half leadership, half motivational theory. It was developed to explain how leaders motivate their followers toward a determined end. It is derived from expectancy theory, which argued that employees will be motivated if they believe that a) putting in more effort will yield better job performance b) better job performance will lead to rewards, such as an increase in salary or benefits and c) these rewards are valued by the employee in question.

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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. Why Theory.

Leader-Member Exchange Theory

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Originally referred to as the “vertical dyad linkage theory,” Leader-Member Exchange (LMX) has been the subject of much research (and an upgraded name). Leadership’s focus, then, should be on developing these dyads. As the relationship moves from stranger to partner, mutual trust, respect and obligation toward each other develops. It explains why leaders often develop “go-to” people and utilize their skills more than others. Intro to Leadership Theory.

Strengths-Based Leadership Theory

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Strengths-Based Leadership Theory (also known as Strengths-Based Organizational Management or SBOM) is a method of maximizing the efficiency, productivity, and success of an organization by focusing on and continuously developing the strengths of organizational resources, such as computer systems, tools, and people. Strengths-based leadership theory is supported by over 30 years of research from the Gallup Organization and others. Intro to Leadership Theory.

Skills Theory

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The skills theory grew from the obvious flaw in the trait approach; traits are relatively fixed. This meant that trait theory was not particularly useful for developing new leaders who lack those traits. Similar to trait theory, skills theories are leader-centric, focused on what characteristics about leaders make them effective. The three-skill approach argued that effective leadership required three skills: technical, human and conceptual skills.

Style Theory

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Style theory differs drastically from trait or skill theories. Instead of focusing on who leaders are, style theories considers what leaders do. At the core of all style theories is the idea that leaders engage in two distinct types of behavior: task behaviors and relationship behaviors. How leaders combine these two behaviors determines their leadership effectiveness. However, style theorists have yet to come to consensus on an optimal style of leadership.

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.” These books continue by laying out the authors’ simple framework for developing the perfect leader. 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. Leaders lack an understanding of leadership theory.

14 Leadership Studies – Quick Overview of Leadership

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14 Fascinating Theories from Leadership Studies. If you’ve never delved into the field of leadership studies as a businessperson or college student , you really should. There are dozens of fascinating theories from the field that can help you become a better leader or at the very least offer insights into the reasons why we act the way we do when leading or being led. GREAT MAN THEORY. TRAIT THEORY. PARTICIPATIVE LEADERSHIP THEORY.