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Pros & Cons of 4 Leadership Paradigms

For the quote by Mary D. Poole -- "Leadership should be more participative than directive" which has been a suggested approach for use in correctional settings.

Dennis Luther, a Warden at a medium-security prison, has been acknowledged for his exceptional leadership style. Warden Luther states, "leadership is character development. . .management is a set of skills, but leadership comes from character. There is nothing I do, as the leader of this organization, that is more important than the time I spend with the staff, especially the new staff, to talk about values and the treatment of inmates" (1992, pg. 2).

Do you think Warden Luther's style is participative?

Do you think the high turnover rate could be due to burnouts? Do you think that officers get tired of waiting for change that never happens?

What do you think is more important and challenging for leaders in prisons, reducing high turnover rates or ensuring the safety of the inmates and staff?

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There are several leadership styles that significantly impact successes and failures of an organization and the culture creation that is conducive to the direction in which the organization will travel. With that being said, here are four leadership styles that will provide a better understanding as to leadership styles that may negatively impact an organization or have a positive impact on an organization:

Transformational Leadership:
- Transformational leaders create a vision, a long term plan and direction for which they will use to ensure organizational success.
- They take every opportunity necessary to ensure the vision is recognized and accepted by most if not all employees and they do this in an encouraging manner.
- These leaders will lead the journey to success and will accept minor failures along the way and strive to correct these failures with alongside those he/she is leading.
- They are role models for their subordinates and exhibit exceptional moral behaviors that everyone should follow, will stand up to the challenges ahead, except criticism for ...

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The solution provided gives a brief description of 4 leadership paradigms and the positive and negatives associated with each. It also gives a brief description of burnout and prison safety.