Comparison and Contrast of Trait-Based, Situational and Transformational Leadership Theories

24 Pages Posted: 19 Aug 2012

Date Written: April 10, 2009

Abstract

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

Suggested Citation

Patrulescu, Ciprian, Comparison and Contrast of Trait-Based, Situational and Transformational Leadership Theories (April 10, 2009). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2132126 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2132126

Ciprian Patrulescu (Contact Author)

Duquesne University ( email )

600 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15282
United States

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