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Path Goal Theory and the Great Man Theory

1. Elaborate on the following statement and support your response with references.

Path-Goal Theory. Robert House (1960) model: A leader must first assess the relevant factors in the organization and then select one of the four leadership styles that fits those contingency factors best: (a) directive, (b) supportive, (c) achievement-oriented and (d) participative. A key element in the leader's choice of style is their expectations about how others will respond to them. This is a trend away from behaviorism and toward a more detailed examination of the thought processes which guide actions.

2. Elaborate:

The great man theory mandates that leaders are born rather than made and that class position, rather than behavior, determines the leader. What are thoughts? Support your response with references.

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LEADERSHIP THEORIES

Path-Goal Theory. Robert House (1960) model: A leader must first assess the relevant factors in the organization and then select one of the four leadership styles that fits those contingency factors best: (a) directive, (b) supportive, (c) achievement-oriented and (d) participative. A key element in the leader's choice of style is their expectations about how others will respond to them. Elaborate.

It is a must for a leader to analyze the environment in the unit or department where he is assigned. This is important in order to ensure that there would be a match between the style of the leader and the behaviour and expectations of the subordinates. This indicates that a leader must be responsive to the needs of ...

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The path goal theory and the great man theory is examined. The expert elaborates on the great man theory.

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