Theories of Leadership Essay

1497 Words Nov 11th, 2011 6 Pages
Situational Leadership: House's Path-Goal verses Hersey and Blanchard's Leadership Model

Situational Leadership: House's Path-Goal verses Hersey and Blanchard's Leadership Model

Do you ever reflect on someone that had or has such a positive impact on you that when you think of them words like competent, inspiring, intelligent, courageous, respect, and mentor come to mind? Chances are all of us have had or still have someone like this in our lives, and that someone, is an effective leader. There are many definitions of leadership and although they have different words in them, they all mean the same; leadership is the process of influencing others and facilitating collective efforts in order to accomplish an objective
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Lastly, if a follower is able and confident in their performance, then delegating is the best style to use because if provides confidence and responsibility to the follower, which results in both low relationship and task behavior.
This leadership model takes the position that the most effective leadership style is situation specific; if the situation changes then the best style of leadership might not be the same one used previously (Hambleton, & Gumpert, 1982). It relies on matching a situational contingency with effective leadership, much like the path-goal theory does.
Comparing Path-Goal with the Leadership Model In comparison, both of these theories are based on situational leadership which according to McLaurin (2006) is an influencing variable that creates the need of defining what combination of traits and behavior is required by the leader to be successful in that particular situation. The path-goal theory has the leader contemplate what the follower needs in order to influence their end results, while the leadership model does the same by determining the readiness level of the follower to influence their end results. In contrast, the leadership model is more geared toward the followers, while the path-goal theory is geared toward the leader. In the path-goal theory, it is the leader's behavior that is motivational to the extent of

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