Leadership Theories Focused On The Group Leader

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Leadership Early leadership theories focused on the group leader and the group leading style (Toseland & Rivas, 2012). Behavioral leadership styles include laissez-faire, democratic, and autocratic (Toseland & Rivas, 2012). A leader with a laissez-faire style lets things happen on their own without interfering. An autocratic style of leadership would be classified as leadership that is controlling with the leader having full power. A democratic leadership values communication and compromising between leader and members to collectively achieve goals. Studies have shown no correlation with leadership style and task completion, however, the products of groups classified as democratic have been found to be superior to the other styles (Toseland & Rivas, 2012). Rather than focusing on the leader exclusively (i.e. contingency and transactional theories), the interactional model of leadership takes the focus beyond the leader to the group as a whole (Toseland & Rivas, 2012). The purpose of the group, the type of problem the environment, the group as a whole, and the group leader all influence committee leadership (Toseland & Rivas, 2012). The PSR team adheres to the interactional model by distributing responsibilities according to what is currently most appropriate for a given situation, and thus, leadership is shared among all group members over time. Additionally, it is imperative for leaders (and members) to acknowledge the diversity is a part of every group and sensitivity to
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