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Leadership Theory and Style

Select three leadership theories and explain how you will implement those theories in your leadership style. Be sure to include specific examples and articulate how the theory influences the outcome.

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Leadership Theories:

Theories on what makes an effective leader have ranged from trait theory, behavior theory, contingency theory, and integrative approaches over the course of leadership research and study (Yukl, 2006). The discussion below chronicles the advancement of various leadership theories. Further below you will find a discussion of leadership styles.

Trait Theory:

The trait approach was one of the earliest theories proposed to explain leadership. Effective leaders were supposed to have specific traits, although the research failed to provide evidence of precise characteristics that predicted leadership success. This approach suggested that some individuals are naturally inclined to lead (Yukl, 2006).

Behavior Theory:

The behavior approach to leadership study was another more traditional method of attempting to explain the mystery of leadership. This era of leadership research was punctuated by studies of how managers spent their time, how they interacted with followers, and how they dealt with various job inconsistencies (Avolio et al., 2009; Yukl, 2006). The behavioral approach attempted to determine how effective leaders behave as they maneuver their way through the work environment. Still, this approach did not adequately answer all the complexities of the leadership question.

Power-Influence Theory:

Since leadership can be best explained, at least within the organizational setting, as an attempt to influence others' behavior and actions toward a common goal, the power-influence approach was offered as a leadership theory. This theory focuses on the types of power leaders' use and how it influences followers' actions (Yukl, 2006).

Situational Theory:

The situational approach to leadership attempted to explain ...

Solution Summary

This solution discusses various theories found in leadership research including trait and behavioral theories. The solution also discusses different styles of leadership including transactional, transformational, and servant leadership.