Leadership Theories and Their Contemporary Application

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Leadership Theories &Their Contemporary Application Unlike researches that have a drawn conclusion and obtainable and quantifiable result, leadership a human behavior or a set of attributes not easily quantifiable has been the interest of many researchers and scholars. Something that makes it so interesting is the fact that we see leadership and admire leadership qualities of individuals existed in history and in present or in our workplaces. During the past 60 years the term leadership has been defined and worked upon by countless researchers, scholars and visionaries. As many as 65 different frameworks have been devised to understand how leadership work, its surrounding relationships and environments. A classification scheme for all these frameworks were provided by (Bass, 1990, p.11) as focus of group process meaning that leader has the central stage in a group controlling the group's will, another collection of these definition relate to personality perspective which says that leader possesses a set of traits or unique characteristics which makes them command and control a group. Others define it as an act or behavior that results in submission of a group to leaders will and direction. In order to lead the basic component is the will of followers who give up or align their own agendas and goals to that of the leader. Hence a power relationship develops between leader and the followers; there are five bases of power (Northouse, 2009) Legitimate power: This power may
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