Essay on Path Goal Theory

1989 Words Oct 7th, 2010 8 Pages
Title: “Examine Robert Houses’ Path Goal Theory and its usefulness in today’s organizations”
Subject: Organizational Behavior

Introduction (205 words)

Path Goal Theory is a theory proposed by Martin Evans and Robert House, which is then developed by Robert House himself which suggests how leaders of any organization can be effective towards their subordinates in order to achieve organizational goals. This theory was first introduced in 1971 which was created based on Victor Vroom’s ‘Expectancy Theory of Motivation’. The name ‘Path-Goal’ itself shows that the leader should clarify their follower’s performance and remove any obstacle which comes between them and their goals. It is best when the leader focuses on each of the
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However, this theory hasn’t been modified and extended since House develops the theory in 1971. So, it’s not very practical and beneficial for the organizations to apply the theory into their performance.

The author of this article, Linda and Chester suggested ways that might extend the Path Goal Theory. It is a three step method which is: 1. To identify the key functions for subordinates’ motivation, performance and satisfaction. 2. Identify the key points of sources that support the goal achievement other than the leadership style, that is, the task, coworkers, professional training, etc. 3. And to predict the results of the first and second method when applied to the organizations.

Refer to Appendix 3 (185 words)
Reference: Organizational Behavior- 6th Edition
Title: Path Goal Theory
Author: Stephen P.Robbins

Path Goal Theory should be in such a way that, when applied, subordinates have to accept and be satisfied with the leader’s behavior. According to Path Goal Theory, a leader’s behavior should be so motivational to an extent that it makes subordinates contingent for an effective performance. A leader should coach, motivate, guide, support and reward the subordinates whom successfully participated for the achievement of an effective performance.

Directive Leaders should be the ones who guides and let the followers to know what are the expected outcomes to be,

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