Leadership Goals And Strengths And Weaknesses

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Leadership theories in and of themselves carry negative and positives characteristics. Within the various theories lie strengths and weaknesses that when applied to complex problems can highlight each one respectively. As I examine a few theories, I will look at the strengths and weaknesses of each and determine when and with which situation would these theories best be utilized. Collective leadership or distributive leadership, and leader-member exchange are both theories that incorporate specific team or group mentalities. Shared or collective leadership is best described as the leadership style that incorporates every team member as a leader. Leadership is claimed by the entire team not just individual managers. The decisions and who makes them is distributed and aligned between individuals and their respective areas of responsibility. This style of collective leadership is structured in a multi-directional and transparent manner within a flattened hierarchy. Direction, decisions, and communication is generated and dispersed within the team of leaders. With this style of leadership responsibility for the success of an organization or an idea is distributed amongst the leadership team. Collective leadership encourages by-in from all employees, by requiring input coordination and execution of solutions or ideas to solve a problem. O’Connor and Quinn (as cited by Avolio, Walumbwa, and Weber, 2009. p. 432) describe the success within a collective leadership constraint as

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