Leadership Style and Theory
August 31, 2015
Leadership Style and Theory
Many people believed leaders were born with inherited traits, but over time leaders became understood as being developed through learned behaviors, skills, and style. The different theories and styles of a leader discussed throughout this paper as well as the leadership styles identified. The leadership theories are defined. Finally the results of the mentor meeting focusing on leadership style detailed in this paper.
The six styles of leadership discussed are an ambassador, advocate, people mover, truth-seeker, creative builder, and experienced guide. ...view middle of the document...
They are great with implementation, and they are also their happiest at the beginning of a project or the completion of one (Galford and Maruca, 2011). The final style is experienced guide. Experienced guides are great listeners and think of the situation from the other person perspective (Galford and Maruca, 2011). They are considered natural therapists (Galford and Maruca, 2011). They find themselves in the middle of situations because the can identify with both sides (Galford and Maruca, 2011).
The theory of leadership has been developing since the 1800’s. There are several theories, but in this paper we are going to focus only on four. We are going to focus only on four. The four theories being discussed are the Great Man Theory, Trait Theory, Participative Theory, and Situational Leadership. The Great Man Theory and Trait Theory both assume the leader is different from the average person about their intelligence, perseverance, and ambition (unknown, 2009). The Trait Theory was more in-depth than the Great Man Theory listing the traits and skills of a leader. Some of the traits detailed in this theory are:
* Willing to assume responsibility (unknown, 2009).
There was also a detailed list of skills given such as:
* Socially skilled
* Knowledgeable about group tasks
* Diplomatic and tactful (unknown, 2009).
The next theory is Participative Leadership. Participative Leadership involves the members of the team at all levels (unknown, 2009). Different tasks might involve different levels of participation. The key to the participative leadership theory is seeking the involvement of subordinates, peers, supervisors, and even stakeholders (unknown, 2009). The final theory is Situational Leadership. This theory is being used actively by many companies today. This theories basis is on three forces:
1. The force in the situation (unknown, 2009).
2. The force in the follower (unknown, 2009).
3. The force in the leader (unknown, 2009).
The Situational Leadership Theory is based on the leadership style to vary with each situation, team member, and any additional support needed. This theory forces you to see there is not just one way to lead, but you must be adaptive and use different styles to be effective.
Leadership Style vs. Theory
The leadership theory is the main...