Theory of Leadership Essay

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Leadership Styles and Their Consequences
D. D. Warrick
University of Colorado

This article discusses leadership style theories and offers an integration of the theories by describing the typical characteristics, philpsophy, skills, and consequences associated with each major style. Then an experimental exercise is offered that portrays the major styles and the productivity and satisfaction each i s likely to produce. Finally, a debriefing is presented that helps interpret the exercise and integrate the style theories with contingency theory.

Importance of Leadership Style

Few leaders understand the full significance of how influential their leadership style is on the performance and satisfaction of their employees. Leaders
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D. Warrick

D. D. Warrick is an Associate Professor of Management and Organization Behavior at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs campus. He is the editor of the Academy of Management OD Newsletter and serves on the OD Executive Committees of the Academy of Management and the American Society for Training and Development. His articles have appeared in several leading management journals. He received his D.B.A. from the University of Southern California.

Leadership Most authorities on organizational leadership agree that the major Theories theories of leadership are the traits, leadership styles, and contingency
(sometimes called situational) theories. The leadership styles and contingency theories now dominate the current literature on leadership while the traits theory has generally been dismissed because of the theoretical, methodological, and practical problems involved in trying to identify and support a consistent list of traits.

Major Leadership Ohio State Leadership Studies Styles Theories The leadership styles approach emerged from the Ohio State University leadership studies that began in 1945. Some of the chief contributors to the study were Hemphill, Stogdill, Coons, Fleishman, Harris, and Burtt [l-31. While this study was responsible for a variety of significant findings on leadership, perhaps the most important contribution was the isolation of “Consideration” and “Initiating Structure” as the basic dimensions of

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