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Ch 27: Theories of Leadership

About This Chapter

This chapter teaches you about the theories of leadership. Watch the engaging video lessons throughout the chapter and take the quizzes to test your comprehension.

Theories of Leadership - Chapter Summary and Learning Objectives

The theories regarding leadership are important to the field of organizational behavior. Theories about leadership help managers evaluate their relationships with employees or explain the characteristics of leaders. In this chapter, follow the engaging video lessons to learn the theories of leadership. In addition to theories, instructors will highlight models and styles associated with leadership. Each lesson allows you to test your knowledge through quizzes. After completing this chapter's lessons, you should be able to:

  • Summarize Fiedler's contingency theory
  • Explain Hersey-Blanchard's Model of Situational Leadership
  • Interpret the Path-Goal theory and leadership styles
  • Illustrate the leader-member exchange theory
  • Examine the attribution theory
  • Define the new leadership theory

Video Objective
Fiedler's Contingency Theory & a Leader's Situational Control Outline the elements of Fiedler's contingency theory.
Hersey-Blanchard's Model of Situational Leadership Compare the four leadership styles included in Hersey-Blanchard's Model of Situational Leadership.
The Path-Goal Theory and Leadership Styles Explain how the Path-Goal theory of leadership is aimed at forming a clear path to achieve goals.
Leader-Member Exchange Theory and Organizational Behavior Evaluate the trust relationship between leaders and employees with the leader-member exchange theory.
Trait Theories vs. Behavioral Theories of Leadership Illustrate how the trait and behavioral theories are related to leadership.
The Attribution Theory of Leadership Summarize the attribution theory and how it involves assumptions.
What is New Leadership Theory? Analyze the new leadership theory and its characteristics.

6 Lessons in Chapter 27: Theories of Leadership
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
Fiedler's Contingency Theory & a Leader's Situational Control

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

Fiedler's contingency theory explains that there are various leadership styles for different situations. Learn about Fiedler's contingency theory and the factors that affect leadership styles.

Hersey-Blanchard's Model of Situational Leadership

2. Hersey-Blanchard's Model of Situational Leadership

Hersey-Blanchard's Model of Situational Leadership argues that leaders should adjust their leadership style to match the situation. Learn how the maturity of followers helps determine a leader's style, including delegating, participating, selling, and telling.

The Path-Goal Theory and Leadership Styles

3. The Path-Goal Theory and Leadership Styles

The Path-Goal Theory of leadership explains the leadership styles that can help organizations achieve goals. Learn about the theory and explore some of the leadership styles it explains, including achievement-oriented, directive, participative and supportive leadership.

Leader-Member Exchange Theory and Organizational Behavior

4. Leader-Member Exchange Theory and Organizational Behavior

Leader-member exchange theory argues that the interactions between leaders and members in an organization helps them establish relationships that impact employee behaviors and outcomes. Explore leader-member exchange theory and its significance in organizational behavior. Review the different parts of the theory to understand the blending of roles, in-groups and out-groups, and routinization.

Trait Theories vs. Behavioral Theories of Leadership

5. Trait Theories vs. Behavioral Theories of Leadership

Multiple theories of leadership exist, including trait theories centered on personal mannerisms and abilities and behavioral theories which fall into three main categories: autocratic, democratic, and laissez-faire. Compare and contrast the definitions and examples of trait theories versus behavioral theories of leadership, and how an individual leader can employ a mixture of both styles.

The Attribution Theory of Leadership

6. The Attribution Theory of Leadership

Assumptions can lead to misunderstandings and mistakes, and assumptions made by leaders about their employees can have negative consequences, which is known as the attribution theory of leadership. In this lesson, the reader will learn about this theory and how people make both internal and external attributions, and how this can impact leadership.

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