Comparison and Contrast of Trait-Based, Situational and Transformational Leadership Theories
24 Pages Posted: 19 Aug 2012
Date Written: April 10, 2009
This research paper compares and contrasts several leadership theories, the evolution of the theories, and future research implications. The leadership theories discussed in the paper include the trait-based, situational, and transformational leadership theories. Trait-based theories represented the earliest attempts to quantitatively study leaders and leadership effectiveness by focusing on the innate skills and traits of the person. Situational theories expanded to explore the influence of different situations on leadership. Lastly, transformational leadership theories further expanded on the role of the leader in motivating followers through inspiration.
Keywords: leadership models, leadership paradigms
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