Path-Goal Leadership

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What is Path-Goal Leadership?

This theory of leadership was developed by Robert House of the University of Toronto. The theory is based on the idea that a good leader influences his/her followers to a great extent. In fact, his/her subordinates may change their perception of their goals and paths taken to reach those goals. The theory uses the expectancy framework from the motivational theory of Vroom. There are four styles of leadership behavior:

Styles of Leadership Behavior:

Directive Leadership:

The manager directs subordinates on all tasks. Subordinates are to listen to the manager and are expected to strictly adhere to directions.

Supportive Leadership:

This type of manager is very friendly and approachable. He/she has a desire to show interest in the well-being of subordinates, and ensure the subordinates reach the goal productivity.

Participative Leadership:

Subordinates advice the manager, then the manager makes the best decisions.

Achievement Oriented Leadership:

This leadership style is based on achievement. The manager sets challenging goals for his/her subordinates, and expects them to reach those goals. The higher a subordinate achieves, the more recognition he/she gets from the manager.

Additional Readings:

1. Human Relations Movement according to Fred Luthans
2. Definition of Organization Behavior
3. Fundamental Concepts of Organizational Behavior
4. Unconscious Behavior and Sigmund Freud
5. Mechanics of Defense Mechanisms
6. Content and Process, and Abraham Maslow's Need-Hierarchy Theory
7. Theory of motivation by Herzberg
8. Definition of Morale
9. Ego States
10. Determinants of Personality
11. Definition of Perception
12. Attitude, Belief, and Ideology
13. Stress and State of Exhaustion
14. Leadership and Leadership Styles
15. Path-Goal Leadership

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