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The Most Effective Leadership Styles

Layne McDonald. Ph.D.

"Leadership is a series of behaviors rather than a role for heroes." - Margaret Wheatley

This chapter examines the many ways in which leaders guide the direction of their followers. In a formal organizational structure chapter, we will discuss the various leadership styles and their applicability to certain situations.

You will acknowledge that some of the styles shown in this chapter do not apply to most of the present times' institutions. However, this does not mean that they have been deprived of their utility or that they have been made unimportant.

This chapter gives you an insight into the following:

  • Charismatic Leadership
  • Transformational leadership
  • Participative leadership
  • Transactional leadership
  • Servant leadership

The ability of an individual to influence or mobilize an organization's resources, whether human or physical, depends on the styles that the leader uses at a particular time. An individual could influence people or decide the organization's direction in ways. One thing that you will acknowledge is that, with the dynamism of the present day, some of the leadership styles that were very applicable in the past may not be amazingly effective today.

This, however, does not mean that the styles would not be effective in getting the job done. These situations would demand that a particular type be used to safeguard the organization's or group's goal.

Therefore, the effectiveness of a particular style is decided by the situation at hand. The classes are a determinant of the organizational culture. You will acknowledge that individuals identify with an organization based on the synchronization between the corporate culture and what they consider necessary. Most leadership styles are related to the sources of power for the leader.


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