The Theory Of Leader And Follower Ensued

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Ever since man’s existence, the dynamics of leader and follower ensued. In every facet of life, men and women alike find themselves engaged in the roles of leader and follower. Parent or child, Ruler or subject, captain or soldier, teacher or student, Manager or subordinate, whatever the title, someone is the leader and the other the follower. The success or failure of Kingdoms, Countries, and Organizations alike, depend on the relationship between leader and follower. So much so that research and theories exist to understand the leader – follower relationship. Some of the theories include Situational Leadership, Motivation, and Bases of Power. Leadership In the late 1960’s Hersey, Blanchard and Johnson developed the Situational…show more content…
There are three important concepts to consider in Situational leadership. First the relationship between follower and leader are very important, so the amount of emotional and social support is key. Secondly is the Followers readiness or development state demonstrated by the follower to perform a task or function or specific objective, and finally the leader’s behavioral development style, That is to say the way in which the leader should respond to the follower based on their level of readiness. Leader – Follower Relationship1 Leader and follower are linked (connected concepts). Leadership does not exist without followers, but followers cannot follow without a leader to lead them. (R.V. Armstrong & assoc, 2005) This mutually inclusive relationship necessitates that the relationship between the leader and follower will have a direct impact on performance behavior. Relationship studies show that leader’s relationship behavior decidedly enhances follower’s performance. (ROTC, 2008) While many early leadership theories honed in on leadership as a behavior you direct at others, Rob Goffee and Gareth Jones see leadership as a behavior you share with your followers. (Goffee and Jones). In fact the relationship between leader and follower can be defined by the level of trust between the leader and follower. Mayer notes (p.712): (As cited by Taina Savolainen, 2009) “The willingness of a party to be vulnerable to the actions of another party based on the
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