The four contingency theories (Situational Leadership, Contingency Model, Path-Goal, & Normative Decision Model) have all the following characteristic EXCEPT -
(a) they are theories rather than just someone's opinion
(b) they assume the leader can diagnose critical components
(c) they assume the leader can act in flexible manner
(d) they assume a correct match between leader behavior and follower and situational characteristics will have a positive effect on outcomes
I believe the answer to your question is (c): these theories assume the leader can act in a flexible manner. This choice is not a characteristic of the four contingency theories. ...
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