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Leadership Theories & Organizational Change - Chapter Summary
This self-paced chapter examines a variety of leadership theories, including new leadership theory, trait theories of leadership and leader-member exchange theory. You'll compare these theories and see how they relate to organizational change. Each lesson is taught by an expert instructor who uses a simplified teaching style. Be sure to submit questions to our instructors if you have any, and take the accompanying lesson quizzes to reinforce your leadership theory knowledge. By the end of the chapter, you should be able to:
- Summarize new leadership theory, Fiedler's contingency theory, Hersey-Blanchard's model of situational leadership, the path-goal theory and the attribution theory of leadership
- Explain how leader-member exchange theory relates to organizational behavior
- Differentiate between behavioral theories and trait theories of leadership
- Compare and contrast core leadership theories
1. What is New Leadership Theory?
In this lesson, we will discuss new leadership theory and define its meaning. The lesson will also review the different types of new leadership theories as well.
2. Fiedler's Contingency Theory & a Leader's Situational Control
Fiedler's contingency theory states that there are three elements that dictate a leader's situational control. The three elements are task structure, leader/member relations, and positioning power.
3. Hersey-Blanchard's Model of Situational Leadership
Hersey-Blanchard's Model of Situational Leadership assumes that follower maturity is a major indicator of an employee's readiness to perform work. There are four leadership styles associated with the model: delegating, participating, selling and telling.
4. The Path-Goal Theory and Leadership Styles
Path-Goal is a type of leadership theory that focuses on establishing a clear path to goal achievement. Leadership styles that are associated with this theory include: achievement-oriented, directive, participative and supportive leadership.
5. Leader-Member Exchange Theory and Organizational Behavior
As we work with our managers and leaders, we begin to develop a level of trust between us. The employee trusts the leader will be good and fair, and the leader also develops trust in the employee's ability to do his job.
6. Trait Theories vs. Behavioral Theories of Leadership
There are many different theories on leadership. In this lesson, we will explore the trait and behavioral theories and explain how they apply to leadership.
7. The Attribution Theory of Leadership
Many times we make assumptions about individuals by what we observe. How they think, act or talk enables us to make a decision in our own minds as to why they are acting that way. That is the basis of the attribution theory of leadership.
8. Comparing Core Theories of Leadership: Relevance & Differences
As organizations change and adapt to their environment, leaders also change and adapt. This lesson looks at how leadership theories have changed and which aspects remain relevant today.
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Other chapters within the Business 304: Leading Organizational Change course
- How Leadership Affects Organizational Change
- Types of Leadership in Business
- Power & Leadership in Business Organizations
- Choosing Organizational Structures
- Change Factors in Organizations
- Management Functions & Organizational Change
- Organizational Change Theories
- Strategies for Implementing Changes in Business
- Communicating Change in Business
- Organizational Change & Company Culture
- Corporate Vision, Mission & Change
- Issues in Leading Organizational Change
- Globalization & Organizational Change
- Required Assignments for Business 304
- Studying for Business 304