Some leaders are effective and some are not. Over time, a variety of leadership theories have been proposed to help explain what makes some leaders better than others. It may be how they interact with others. It may be a trait, such as decisiveness or intelligence. It is possible that effective leadership depends on a combination of or interaction among the leader, the followers, and a given situation. Maybe the best leaders are experts at motivating their followers. Each of these possibilities is consistent with a leadership theory. Your resources help you explore eight primary leadership theories: great man theory, trait theory, behavioral theories, participative leadership, situational leadership, contingency theories, transactional leadership, and transformational leadership.
To prepare for this assignment:
Review Chapter 1 in your course text, The Art of Leadership, and pay particular attention to the discussion of the
Review Chapter 2 in your course text, The Art of Leadership, and focus on the sections on trait theory, behavior theory, contingency theory, and the differences between transformational and transactional leaders.
Complete Exercise 2–1 , Six Traits of Leadership. Reflect on the six traits for leadership effectiveness.
Review the article, “The Influence of the Transformational Leader.” Focus on how transformational leaders influence others and provide movement and change within their organizations.
Review the information provided on the Leadership Theories website, paying particular attention to the assumptions for each of the eight theories covered.
Select two leadership theories that resonate the most for you, and think about why they have this appeal.
Consider similarities and differences between the two theories you chose.
Think about new insights you had and conclusions you might draw about leadership based on the comparison.
The assignment (1–2 pages):
Briefly describe two leadership theories that resonate most for you and explain why.
Compare (similarities and differences) the two leadership theories.
Explain the conclusions you drew or insights you had about leadership based on the comparison.
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