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Leadership Theories and Styles

1.) What is the relationship between the emerging leadership theories? What do they have in common? In what ways are they different? Which leads to more effective leadership?

2.) How might you compare servant leadership to other scholarly leadership theories and models of leadership?

3.) What are the goals of transformational leadership and transactional leadership? Do they lead to the same results/outcomes in organizations?

4.) When goals are met can the style of leadership utilized produce above and beyond expectations, meaning more than just the goals are met? And what style of leadership have you experienced that produces this extra above and beyond residual?

5.) Sometimes a leader can seem to be transformational. However, upon deeper investigating you can see a pseudotransformational leader. The key is the leader's own interests are dominate in every decision. These folks pretend to be the transformational leaders. Have you met and worked with a pseudotransformational leader?

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1.) What is the relationship between the emerging leadership theories? What do they have in common? In what ways are they different? Which leads to more effective leadership?

Many of the emerging leadership theories focus on employ empowerment; for example, increasing the control the individual has, allowing participation to take an active role in decision-making and goal setting, etc. (Houghton & Yoho, 2005). Many of the current theories of leadership also focus on flexibility and adaptability (Yukl & Mahsud, 2010). The common thread among many current leadership theories is the focus developing the follower and on flexibility on the part of the leader. Each emerging theory differs in the focus on what is important. For instance, is it more important to empower, motivate, and inspire followers or is it more important to adapt leadership style to fit the context of the situation? What focus is most effective? It depends on the research study or theory you are reviewing. Each scholar will offer some evidence why their theory is the most effective. What remains certain is that there is not one leadership theory that clearly covers all the complexities of the leadership phenomenon. Some theories are more effective for promoting motivation, some for increasing commitment to organizational goals, and yet others for readily recognizing changing environmental demands faced by the organization.

2.) How might you compare servant leadership to other scholarly leadership theories and models of ...

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