As The Economist (September 28th 2013) says, Angela Merkel won a landslide victory and became the chancellor of Germany for the third time. The crisis gave us a hard time and most big European countries dumped their leaders during this period. However, Angela Merkel again proved to be a leader that most people follow and admire. Is it purely because she does things right for her people? Or does it rather spark from her personality, including her behavioral, communication skills or influential authority? This paper will elaborate ideas on what makes Germany’s chancellor such a powerful leader and by using psychological theories it will lead the reader to defining the leadership style Ms. Merkel exercises.
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However, the way she achieves this compliance is through resistance. This is backed by her control of information and assertiveness about any effects that might be adverse to her people. In fact, (theguardian.com, 2013) she never mentions plans, visions or ideologies. Despite, in public she sticks to “good housekeeping” but in private she becomes keener on achieving her objectives. What is important here is that people are aware of this and as long as their interests are represented or their disinterests are dismissed, they will follow such a leader. Taking into consideration the above opinions, theories and facts we can present the successful leadership style of Angela Merkel with the help of the path-goal theory of leadership.
The path-goal theory states that a good leader is the one who provides the information, resources and support to his or her employees (McShane, Von Glinow, 2010). What makes it different from previous theories is that the path-goal theory concentrates more on the employee side, not the leader side. In other words, the leader is acting as a servant to fulfill their employees’ needs in order to maximize their ability. In the path-goal theory there are four different leadership styles which are Directive, Supportive, Participative and Achievement-oriented. Directive leadership style means that the leader clarifies to employees about the goals