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Ch 2: Leadership Theories & Organizational Change

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In this chapter, our expert instructors show you everything you need to know about leadership theories and organizational change. Access these useful lessons and quizzes whenever you need to refresh your leadership theory knowledge, complete class assignments or get ready for a business exam.

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

8 Lessons in Chapter 2: Leadership Theories & Organizational Change
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What is New Leadership Theory?

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.

Fiedler's Contingency Theory & a Leader's Situational Control

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.

Hersey-Blanchard's Model of Situational Leadership

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.

The Path-Goal Theory and Leadership Styles

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.

Leader-Member Exchange Theory and Organizational Behavior

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.

Trait Theories vs. Behavioral Theories of Leadership

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.

The Attribution Theory of 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.

Comparing Core Theories of Leadership: Relevance & Differences

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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