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Compare and contrast the leader-member exchange theory presented in the textbook with the idea of 'follower self-leadership' researched in this week's journal article. What are the strengths and weaknesses of each approach and how might the shortcomings of each be overcome? Would either approach be applicable for an organisation that uses task motivated leadership? Would either be applicable for an organization that uses relationship motivated leadership?

Northouse, P.G. (2013) Leadership: Theory and practice 6th ed. London: Sage.

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The leadership-member exchange theory is a leadership theory that places its primary emphasis upon the unique relationship between leaders and their followers or subordinates. This theory has a number of different components or stages which makes it a unique theoretical perspective on the interaction between leaders and their subordinates. One of the stages or principal activities that takes place within the leadership-member exchange theory, is the observation and or analysis of subordinates by the leader in order to ascertain the strengths and weaknesses of these individuals, which would help the leader to determine what responsibilities or role that each individual will be able to play within the organization. The leader then develops the appropriate role for subordinates based upon the strengths and ...

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