Examine the theories and models of leadership
This study adopts a critical approach to studying developments in leadership theories and models. A leadership model is defined as a system that employers use to manage employees in an organization. This review has sought to critically review major models and theories of leadership that are used by employers in organizations and among them include; a) Authoritarian Leadership where an employer makes decisions based on his own knowledge without making any consultation whatsoever, b) Paternalistic leadership where the employer considers his employees as part of his family, c) Participative Leader who consults his employees but makes the final decision, d) Laissez-faire Leadership where the employer lets his subordinates to make their decisions i.e. setting their own policies and rules to be abided by in an organization among others. These among others will be looked at in detail in the following sections of this paper.
theories and Models of Leadership Case Study
Key Learning Outcomes
- Understand the meaning of leadership models and theories including Authoritarian Leadership, Paternalistic leadership, Participative Leadership, and Laissez-faire Leadership
- Understand how the various leadership models and theories aid in the development of an organization and identify which of the models is used by most organizations for their growth and development.
- Learn how to apply the various leadership models and theories to any organization
Leadership is a relationship that occurs between groups of people who believe that another person or group member has a right to impose policies that they must abide by in the course of carrying out their activities in an organization. Leadership models are defined to mean definite leadership behaviors to be used in the management of a particular organization or environment. There are several types of leaders namely; authoritarian leaders, Paternalistic leaders, participative leaders, the laissez-faire leadership. An authoritarian leader has absolute power to make decisions and has control over his subordinates. According to Kurt Lewin, the authoritarian leadership style is achievable only when there is no need for input. This kind of leadership is most applicable to circumstances where there is little time or no time for group decision-making or where the leader is exceptionally experienced in the business that is being carried out. This paper is going to examine the various theories and models of leadership.
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