Path-Goal Leadership Style Analysis

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In order to create effective leaders, there are many pieces that need to fit together. An individual’s personality, beliefs, education, and personal interpretation of leadership, all come together to produce a person’s leadership style. Defining leadership, can be just as complicated, there are numerus definitions and many differ from one another.
Richards and Engle define leadership as "the ability to articulate visions, embody values, and create the environment within which things can be accomplished" (Richards & Engle, 1986). While, Rauch, and Behling define leadership as "the process of influencing the activities of an organized group toward goal achievement" (Rauch & Behling, 1984). Whereas, Yukl defines leadership as “The process
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These types of leaders are successful in obtaining results, due to their influential attitude, ability to instill teamwork, and their skill in generating subordinate happiness (Youngjin, 2006; House and Mitchell, 1974). Path-goal leadership influences subordinates to achieve designated goals and highlights the connection between the leader, the subordinate, and the tasks (Northouse, 2015). Path-goal leadership increases the motivation of followers due to the rewards of achieving work goals (Bickle, 2017). In essence, path-goal leaders are clearing a path for their subordinates to be …show more content…
In the directive style, the leader informs the subordinates of their expectation’s, such as how to do a task and when it is to be performed. This style is effective when subordinates are uncertain with the task or environment. The supportive style is used when a leader wants to make tasks enjoyable and pleasant by showing concern and support toward their subordinates. The supportive style is most effective when the work and relationships are both mentally and physically demanding. If the workforce is highly competent and engaged in their tasks, the participative style would be most appropriate. Here, the leader consults with their subordinates prior to making a decision on how to continue. Finally, in the achievement style, a leader sets high goals for their subordinates and expects them to achieve these goals with great results. The leader must also, show a high level of confidence that their subordinates will meet their expectations (Clark,

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