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Task vs Relationship Leadership

There have been many studies completed on the different styles of leadership. One of the most important ones focused on if a leader is "task focused" or "relationship focused."

For this SLP, you will complete a short survey and then will analyze your results.
Required Reading

Refer to the required and optional readings on leadership style found in the Background readings.
Session Long Project

Drawing on the material in the background readings and doing additional research, please prepare a 2-3 page paper that addresses the following question:

Are you a Type A or Type B leader?

Survey instructions

Take the following task vs. relationship leadership survey. After you have completed the survey, add up your scores for tables 1 and table 2 to determine your dominant leadership style. To determine your dominant personal leadership style, circle one of the following options that best describe how you see yourself (or the person that is being evaluated) regarding each statement. For each statement, you can indicate the degree to which you (or the person being evaluated) engage(s) in the stated behavior. A rating of 1 means Never and a rating of 5 means Always with the person demonstrating the specific behavior.

Table 1 - "A" Style and Orientation

Table 2 - "B" Style and Orientation

A = Task Orientation Scores: ___ B = Relationship Orientation Scores: ___

45-50 Very high range
40-44 High range
35-39 Moderately high range
30-34 Moderately low range
25-29 Low range
10-24 Very low range

Keys to the Assignment

The key aspects of this assignment that, at a mimimum, should be covered in your presentation include:

Thoroughly analyzing the survey and its results, and how you plan on using your results to become a more influential leader.
Discussing whether you think it is more beneficial for a leader to be focused on tasks or relationships in an organization. Please provide examples to justify your response.
Applying the background readings to this point to yourself / the survey results, and explaining the survey results in terms of previous theory you have learned
Dealing with these issues in an integrated fashion, rather than treating them as a series of individual questions to be answered one by one and left at that.

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My task orientation score is 43 and my relationship oriented score is 29. The analysis of the survey and its results show that I am more task oriented than relationship oriented. I place more emphasis on work facilitation. I also prefer a well defined structure in an organization where roles are clear and everyone knows exactly which tasks to perform. I do not go out of my way to increase interaction. Even though I give some importance to the well being of employees and motivating them, my priority is to produce results. My emphasis is on goal-setting and having a clear plan to achieve goals. For example, I insist that the project be completed on time and within the budget. I have some preference towards fostering positive relationship, and improving communication within teams. My focus however is on having clear cut tasks and setting exact objectives for employees. I also have a well defined incentive system to ensure that employees comply with the criteria for performance.

In my opinion it is more beneficial to be focused on tasks rather than relationships. For example, Bill Gates was always focused on tasks and was abrasive with those that did not achieve the tasks. Similarly, Alan Mulally was ...

Solution Summary

The answer to this problem explains the difference between a task oriented leader and a relationship oriented leader. The references related to the answer are also included. 778 words.