The Importance Of Leadership Style

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I. INTRODUCTION
a. Leadership is one of the primary determinants as to whether an organization and its personnel will be successful. In order to be a successful leader it is important that an understanding of the various leadership styles is developed. Leadership style has a direct impact on an organizational effectiveness and employee performance. A thorough understanding of the various leadership styles enables us to “develop our own approach and become a more effective leader” (Malos, 2012, p. 421).
b. Research has shown that leadership style “influences the team members’ execution and performance, as well as motivates the team to reach the organization’s goal(s)” (Cunningham, Salomone, & Wielgus, 2015, p. 28). The leadership styles
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THE IMPORTANCE LEADERSHIP STYLES
a. Leadership styles
i. Rubin (2013) defines leadership style as “a form of cross situational behavioral consistency” (p. 55). Leadership styles deal with the way in which a leader interacts with his or her subordinates. ii. Leadership plays a primary role in influencing an employee’s actions towards the achievement of organizational goals. iii. Bojadjiev, Kostovski, and Buldioska (2015) state that there are conflicting opinions on the idea that leadership style should or can adapt to different situations. iv. Sethuraman and Suresh (2014) add that literatures have stated that the key elements for a successful organization are leadership style and competency. They also explain that Fiedler 's Contingency Theory explains about the relationship between leadership style and performance of the group during different situations.

III. AUTOCRATIC (AUTHORITARIAN) LEADERSHIP STYLE AND ITS ORGANIZATIONAL EFFECTS.
a. Defined.
i. Lopez and Ensari (2014) define an autocratic leader as one who has total authority and control over main decision making, and closely monitors employees until the job is completed. They typically make decisions based off of their own ideas and are not very receptive to others’
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Arnold, Connelly, Walsh, and Ginis suggest that a laissez-faire leader creates a destructive environment where resource gain is increasingly difficult; resources are expended in avoiding interactions with followers iii. Researchers have found that this is generally the leadership style that leads to the lowest productivity among group members.
VI. CONCLUSION AND RECOMMENDATIONS
a. This literature will provide the reader with a better understanding of three of the most widely used styles of leadership. Through this paper they will be able to discern the different situations in which each one could have its benefits as well as those situations where one style could have negative impact on an organization.
b. The overall strengths of this work will be the data gathered that supports the various standings of the different leadership styles as being effective or ineffective in different situations.
c. The overall weakness of this work will be the overwhelming amount of data that only speaks in detail to the styles of democratic and autocratic leadership. The laissez-faire leadership style is not used as much as the other two and therefore does not have as much supporting

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