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the Path-Goal Theory, Leadership Styles & Situational Goals

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The Path-Goal Theory, Leadership Styles & Situational Goals

  • The path-goal theory was first introduced by Martin Evans, 1970 and developed by Robert House and his colleagues (Robert House et, al. 1971) . The essence of this theory is that both the leader՚s behavior and contextual factors together influence the behaviors and attitudes of the followers properly and increase the effectiveness of leadership.
  • This theory mainly has two postulates: -
    • Leadership styles
    • Situational Factors
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Leadership Styles: Leadership Types

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Leadership Styles

  • Leadership style is a way to provide direction to a leader, implement plans and motivate people. In other words, leadership style gives a sense of what the leader՚s perspective is, how he or she is related to the group members, how the group sets the goal and what method to achieve it.
  • Adopts Firstly Lippitt & White (Lippitt & White, 1939) conducted a study under the direction of Kurt Lewin and described three major types of leadership styles.

These three types are as follows-

  • Authoritarian Leadership - In this, the leader is the survey of his group. He holds absolute authority or power over his group. He himself knows the sequence of actions to be taken towards the attainment of …

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