Leadership Effectiveness

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The term leadership has been evolved and expanded over several decades. Researchers, theorists and writers have documented definitions and schools of thought on the leadership. The controversial issue has lead to pervasive concepts of leadership effectiveness and ineffectiveness which has bolstered the views on which leader unequivocally meets the requirements. Walker (2011) elucidated that leadership approaches though different in dimensions and characteristics play a pivotal role in conceptualizing how to improve on ones leadership practices and further, how followers understand and interpret their leaders’ style. Walker also opined that over myriad of decades, leadership approaches more or less chronologically progressed from trait…show more content…
Lunenberg and Ornstein (2012) highlighted the results of this study showed that subordinates preferred the democratic leader since they were able to participate in the decision making process. Further, their input was valuable to the growth and development of the organization. Lewin et al noted that subordinates surprisingly opted for the laissez-faire leader rather than the authoritarian since the rigidity of the authoritative leader stimulated aggression and frustration. The ultimate result was that the performance levels under the auspices of the authoritarian leadership was marginally higher that the democratic leader. However, subordinates had a proclivity for the democratic leader. Lussier & Achua (2009) postulated that “with the shift in paradigm from management to leadership, the leadership style of effective managers is no longer about autocratic, but more democratic”. This shift is as a result of the Iowa studies. Premised on the results of this study, it is evident that authoritarian leadership despite the heightened frustration levels it emits had a positive outcome. I believe that when subordinates are however morphed in the institutions goals and are intricately
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