Leadership Styles From The Point Of View

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The articles under analysis explore leadership styles from the point of view of their relation to gender (Merchant, 2012) and personality (Yahaya et al., 2011). Merchant (2012) provides a valuable research, which is focused on gender as the major determinant of leadership styles in individuals. Providing an analysis of literature, Merchant (2012) indicates that “many studies analyzing the intersection of gender and influence tactics have resulted in mixed finding” (p. 24). It proves the argument that gender stereotypes play a major role in attributing particular roles for females and males on the basis of their biological sex and what is expected of them. Whereas Merchant (2012) does not present a particular argument on the topic, the…show more content…
“Male managers tend to employ influence tactics such as personal appeal, consultation, assertiveness, and inspirational appeal, female managers use consultation, inspirational appeal, and ingratiation more with other female employees and exchange tactics more with male employees,” Merchant, (2012). I happened to work under both female and male leadership, and I should admit that the difference between them is not evident – everything depends on personality, and dissimilarities in influence tactics are attributed “to situational circumstances such as individual setting” (Merchant, 2012, p. 26). Personal Leadership Style My leadership style is both Participative and Democratic, and it is influenced by the three variables – gender, personality, and age. “Democratic Leader makes the final decision, only after receiving the input and recommendations of all team members,” (Goetsch, 2002). I focus on getting to the bottom of the problem by working through it. As a leader, I wouldn’t be concern with who likes me or who thinks I’m being too hard on the employees. My goal is to motivate employees and to see their potential. “Employees can be motivated by the potential to improve their job satisfaction,” Goetsch (2012). I’m a people person, and I can get along with pretty much any person and that’s how a leader should feel as well. Effect of Gender Though gender is a contradictory variable in affecting
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