Flexible Leadership And The Modern Workplace

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Flexible Leadership in the Modern Workplace Angelica Zahrt Davenport University CAPS 799 Dr. James Loughran June 9, 2015 Abstract Introduction The management style of “one size fits all” is long gone. Managers today need to recognize that as generations composing today’s workforce change to progressively younger and more diverse generations, the leadership styles used in connection with that workforce must change as well. Each generation has its own unique core values that impacts which leadership style is most effective in the workplace. Younger generations, such as Millennials, are composed of an increasingly diverse population, which warrants varying leadership styles as well. To provide context for the assertion that today’s leaders must be flexible in regard to the leadership styles they apply in a given situation, this paper will first provide a general overview of universe of leadership styles available to leaders today. In addition to providing the summary characteristics of each leadership style, this paper will provide some advantages and disadvantages of each as well. With this context in mind, the second part of this paper describes how modern leadership styles are essentially an evolution of traditional leadership styles. After providing illustrations of this phenomenon, this paper will then discuss the causes of this evolutionary process. These causes are attributed to
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