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How do leaders lead?

in Leadership

Published in print July 2010 | ISBN: 9780199569915
Published online September 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191777592 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/actrade/9780199569915.003.0006

Series: Very Short Introductions

How do leaders lead?

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‘How do leaders lead?’ discusses the styles of leadership using examples of different behavioural/style approaches and varied contingency theories, which consider the importance of the context in determining which style will actually work. Models discussed include: production-oriented leadership, employee-oriented leadership, Blake and Mouton's managerial grid, Fred Fiedler's task- or relationship-oriented leadership, Hersey and Blanchard's ‘situational leadership theory’, ‘leader–member exchange theory’, Robert House's path–goal theory, and charismatic leadership. The conclusion is that the leader's behaviour should match the requirements of the follower and situational characteristics, and he or she should select the appropriate leader behaviour style to help followers achieve their goals.

Keywords: contingency theory; exchange; lead; transactional leadership; transformational leadership

Chapter.  4135 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Leadership and Motivation

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