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Comparing and Contracting Leadership Theories

1. Compare and contract leadership theories and evaluate the strengths and weakness of established leadership styles.

2. In your opinion, do you think that a leader can incorporate all different styles within one personality? Why or why not.

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1. Compare and contrast leadership theories and evaluate the strengths and weakness of established leadership styles.

1. Great man theories. These theories assume that great leaders are born, not made, and are destined to become leaders when needed. There leadership capabilities come out when the need calls for it. (Ex. Heroes become such as a result of a given need).
2. Trait Theories. These are similar in some ways to "Great Man" theories; trait theories assume that people inherit certain qualities and traits that make them better suited to leadership. Trait theories often identify particular personality or behavioural characteristics shared by leaders.

3. Contingency Theories:
Contingency theories of leadership focus on particular variables related to the environment that might determine which particular style of leadership is best suited for the situation. According to this theory, no leadership style is best in all situations. Success depends upon a number of variables, including the leadership style, qualities of the followers and aspects of the situation.

Between this theory and that of situational theory, contingency theory is wider in scope. Success of the manager varies with factors such as his own leadership style, qualities of the followers and the situation; under situational leadership, success of the managers varies only with the way situation is handled.
4. Situational Theories:
Situational theories propose that leaders choose the best course of action based upon situational variables. Different styles of leadership may be more appropriate for certain types of decision-making.
5. Behavioural Theories:
Behavioural ...

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The solution compares and contracts leadership theories and evaluates the strengths and weakness of established leadership styles.

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