Leadership and Motivational Theory Essay

2160 Words Oct 11th, 2012 9 Pages
A Question of Motivation
Florence Adepoju, Traci Howard, Ashley Jackson, & Nadia Syahmalina
BMGT 364: Management and Organization Theory
Professor Steiger
September 23, 2012
The case study, A Question of Motivation, explores the various types of leadership styles that affect the motivation of the employee. Jonathan and Dan have two different managerial styles. Jonathan, a supervisor in the supermarket, varies the duties of his subordinates (Robbins & Judge). In contrast, Dan, the other supervisor in the case study, prefers consistent routine and station adherence with a focus on repetitiveness (Robbins et al). The depiction of Jonathan in the case study is that of a supervisor who is well liked and more
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Alex is also aware that his co-worker, Denise gets paid more than him and has been there in a lesser amount of time than he has. As a result, Alex desires a raise from Dan. On the other hand, Jonathan treats Stephanie so well that she does not wish to make a change to her compensation. Alex changed his perception of the inequality by trying to adjust his perception by thinking about his reasoning’s of staying employed under Dan. He believes that it’s too risky to just up and leave his current job. He has financial responsibilities such as tuition to pay. Lastly, another way of equity motivation is an employee making the decision to leave their unsatisfied situation. Alex has many reasons to resign from his job. His manager is treating him unfairly. Dan makes smart remarks to Alex in reference to his intelligence and him taking 30-minute lunch breaks instead of 45-minutes (which is his actual lunch break length). This has prompted Dan to want to find another job. On the other hand, Stephanie is very satisfied with her situation.
Hersey – Blanchard Life Cycle Theory of Leadership
The Hersey-Blanchard Theory of Leadership suggests that leaders are to lead and make decisions based on the development and maturity of their followers, which is usually in phases (Certo &Certo, 2012). This further means that effective leadership can be achieved if the leader studies the associate and matches them with the appropriate task

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