Leadership Styles and Theories

2373 Words Oct 1st, 2012 10 Pages
Abstract

Leadership styles and theories are essential to an organization’s structure, culture, and development. Understanding leadership style can help a company build a foundation that can lead to improved productivity, employee retention, and improved employee relations. This paper will show the leadership style of my former manager and how his leadership influenced job performance, organizational commitment, trust, and decision-making. The goal is to better understand how his transformational leadership style helped improve my leadership and build on the policies and procedures within the organization. In addition, I will include information pertaining to my own leadership assessment as it pertains to do you have what it takes to be
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Because of the issues the store was experiencing, and staff not properly stocking the store shelves, the CEO informed the store the staff would be either relocated or terminated. Upon receiving word from the CEO, Kurt requested a meeting even though he would not be replace, relocated, or fired. In the meeting Kurt asked that the current staff remain in place for 90 days, and if no progress or change occurred after that time he would resign as Store Team Lead. Once the meeting with the CEO finished Kurt called a meeting of all store Executive Team Leads and level III supervisors. In the meeting he told everyone about his conversation with the CEO. He wanted everyone to know his or her jobs were safe. He added, “The reason I did this is because I believe in all of you. All of you have been working hard to make this store perfect. Unfortunately we have run into a little bad luck. As a team we have developed a plan to address our issues.” He ended the meeting by saying, “I believe and trust in you, and I hope you believe and trust in me. We can do this, we will succeed.”

Organizational Power

Leaders can make a difference in an organization, depending on the situation or circumstances. Some leaders possess the “ability to influence the behavior of others and resist unwanted influence and return” (Colquitt, Lepine, & Wesson, 2011, p. 451). Leaders possess a certain type of power, and depending on which power they possess, helps direct their