Leadership Theories And Theories Of Leadership

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Leadership Theories Comparison and Contrast Melissa A. Swinson Barry University Abstract This paper will identify different leadership theories that have I have felt have been most helpful as well as least helpful in relating to leadership insights. There is a wide variety of theories to explain the concepts and practice of leadership. I will provide an overview of the more dominant or better known theories. Leadership is a process that involves influence with a group of people toward the realization of goals as well as a dynamic and complex process. A lot of what is written today tends to over-simplify the process. My explanation here is to provide an overview that keeps things simple through my analysis of comparing and contrasting through my applied learning and how the insights contribute to my leadership competence. Leadership Theories, Comparisons and Contrasting There is a wide growing variety of theories to explain the concept and practice of leadership. Most theories view leadership as grounded in three perspectives: leadership as a process or relationship, leadership as a combination of personality characteristics, leadership as a certain behavior or skill (Daft). In my opinion, leadership is a dynamic and complex process. Theories of leadership attempt to summarize what makes a good leader and how to identify people who will be able to lead a company effectively. Trait, Skills, Situational, Transformational, and Transactional Theories Comparison Analysis Trait Theory suggests that people are either born or not born with qualities that influence their success in leadership roles. Certain inherited qualities, which are personality and cognitive ability, are what motivate effective leadership (Wolinski, 2010)... ... middle of paper ... ...trieved from http://www.leadership-central.com/situational-leadership-theory.html#axzz3yCb7JmyY http://managementhelp.org/blogs/leadership/2010/04/21/leadership-theories/. (n.d.). Johnston, K. (n.d.). Skills-Based Leadership Theory. Retrieved from http://yourbusiness.azcentral.com/skillsbased-leadership-theory-16338.html Last Name, F. M. (Year). Article Title. Journal Title, Pages From - To. Last Name, F. M. (Year). Book Title. City Name: Publisher Name. Trait Theory of Leadership. (2016). Retrieved from MSG Management Study Guide: http://managementstudyguide.com/trait-theory-of-leadership.htm Transformational Leadership Theory. (2016). Retrieved from MSG Management Study Guide: http://managementstudyguide.com/transformational-leadership.htm Wolinski, S. (2010, April 21). Retrieved from http://managementhelp.org/blogs/leadership/2010/04/21/leadership-theories/
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