Applying Leadership Theories Essay

1035 Words Jun 7th, 2013 5 Pages
The Importance of Leadership Styles
Jennifer Sanchez
Grand Canyon University – EDA 575
May 15, 2013

The following paper analyzes the leadership styles of a principal in an urban school district. The three leadership styles discussed are directive, affiliative, and collaborative. Each of these styles has been utilize to create an environment which is effective and conducive for a quality education.

The Importance of Leadership Styles
The school I have chosen as the subject to my research is located in an urban district. The school houses grades kindergarten through sixth grade and will grow to eighth grade within the next two year. The population is mostly African American, coming from a low income house hold. The
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In his first year, the principal was expected to make many changes rapidly to the structure of the building as well as set the stage to improve state assessments. In order to do this, his goal was to learn the abilities of the staff while showing everyone that he was in charge, his changes were final, and we would all have to adapt to his style.
In his second year as principal, the leader decided to take a different approach to his leadership style. Because he was familiar with the staff, during this year, the principal took an Affiliative approach. This leadership style was essential because the principal knew the strengths and weaknesses of his staff from working closely with them the previous year. His focus during his second year as principal was to build relationships with the staff that could eventually benefit the success of the school. Knowing where people where strongest and where they worked best would give him the opportunity to mentor and coach them in order to use them effectively in the school. This would also give him an opportunity to identify those individuals whom were weak in the area they worked in so that he could move them and use them appropriately.
The affiliative leadership can also be identified as transformational leadership. According to Aydin, Sarier, and Uysal, transformational leadership is “A person who takes care of his followers,

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