Classical Leadership: Theories, Overview


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Adam is a CEO of a major healthcare organization. He is typically calm, cool, and collected and likes to take the time to evaluate all of his options before making a decision. When Adam went to work on Monday, he was faced with survivors being brought in from three different traumas (a plane crash, a high-rise fire, and a multi-vehicle accident). He was forced to become more authoritative and to quickly delegate tasks to some of his more senior staff, such as setting up a mobile trauma unit in one of the parking lots. This is an example of what leadership theory?

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1. The _____ leadership theory is often criticized for its simplicity and exclusion of other factors.

2. According to the Behavior theories, some leaders focus on people-oriented behaviors, and other leaders are centered on _____.

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

To pass this quiz, you'll need a solid understanding of the different leadership theories and what each focuses on or recommends. The quiz questions will give you a characteristic, and you'll need to identify which theory it corresponds to.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

With these study tools, you may test yourself on identifying the following:

  • The theory that recommends leaders tailor their behavior to suit the situation
  • The theory that suggests leaders possess certain qualities that others lack
  • The theory that focuses on what leaders do
  • The theory that features charismatic leaders
  • The term for a relationship-focused leader

Skills Practiced

You may work on developing the following skills while using this quiz and worksheet:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson on classical leadership theories
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information regarding characteristics of a certain theory and identify it correctly
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about types of leaders

Additional Learning

Get more details about leadership by reviewing the lesson called Classical Leadership: Theories, Overview. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Compare and contrast the different classical leadership theories
  • Explore Blake and Mouton's Leadership Grid
  • Understand why no one theory is right or wrong