Leadership Theories

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Leadership Theories "Leadership is more than just a skill set of an individual, it has also been conceptualized as a social process…[and] social awareness includes…empathy, service orientation, and developing others. Teaching implicit leadership theories develops leaders and leadership by raising awareness of this social context and of one's own implicit leadership theories and how they might or might not match the social context…" (Schyns, et al, 2011, pp. 397-98). Abstract Leadership is much more than being a supervisor, or an executive, or "the boss" in any organization. As a generalization, leadership means having the ability, the knowledge, and the competence to be good enough at tasks for people to follow. A successful leader is one that demonstrates leadership by doing a good job and hence people want to emulate him or her. In the field of leadership there are many theories relative to what it takes and how it works. This paper reviews eight theories of leadership representing a variety of situations and organizations. The substance of this paper should be seen as instructive, in the sense that a critical review of existing approaches to leadership theory brings out the brightest ideas and calls out those that are of the past or otherwise indifferent to change in the 21st century business and organizational milieu. The Literature on Leadership Theories Chris Mortimer writes in the Electronic Journal of Business Research Methods that the
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