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.


In the late 1960’s Hersey, Blanchard and Johnson developed the Situational Leadership Model. The theory asserts that followers’ behaviors determines the leader’s behaviors. (ROTC, 2008) Early theories separated task from relationship and segregated leadership styles into either task oriented styles or relationship oriented styles. Such leadership styles could be represented on a single continuum shifting from extremely authoritarian on one end to immensely participative on the other end. (Blanchard) However more recent leadership studies such as that by Ohio State, Michigan State and Rensis Likert show that task oriented and relationship oriented behavior should be defined on two separate axes. Robert R Blake and Anne Adams McCanse went on to modify these concepts in their Leadership Grid. (Hersey, Blanchard Johnson,…
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