Leadership Theory : Contingency Theories

1235 WordsJun 29, 20155 Pages
Leadership Theory: Contingency Theories It has been determined that there a number of leaders who change their leadership style depending on the situation at hand. For instance, leaders who feel threatened by its followers including persons whom they perceived to be a threat to their assumption of powers tend to become authoritative as a survival tactic. This can be seen in the current world among most leaders across the globe. Contingency theory has been proposed to explain this behavior. This paper will discuss this theory and how power and gender have influenced the theory. At the outset, it is imperative to explain this theory. It has been determined that the ability of a leader to lead depends on a number of situational factors which are present at the time of the leadership of such persons who are in power (Contingency Theory, 2015). Such situational factors include one 's preferred style, the behavior and capabilities of followers among other situational factors. The CEO and co-founder of Apple Inc., Steve Jobs demonstrated these characteristics. A number of employees felt that Jobs was too harsh on them. However, it can be noted that the capabilities of employees (his followers) made Jobs to be more strict and authoritative as he wanted to ensure that the company which had failed succeeded. It has been noted that he was a "real jerk" while criticizing his employees. Jobs would employ a direct and confronting mannerwhile talking to the employees. It is noted that he
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