In 3–5 pages, summarize three leadership theories, explain how the theories can be used to influence others and build trust, and give examples of how the theories might be used as strategies for leading in the workplace or community.
To be effective, a leader should understand leadership theory. An effective leader should recognize his or her own leadership style, in order to develop strategies for influencing and rewarding others and develop the interpersonal skills that build trust.
By successfully completing this assessment, you will demonstrate your proficiency in the following course competencies and assessment criteria:
Competency 1: Evaluate the purpose and relevance of leadership.
Analyze leadership theories.
Explain how leadership theories can be used to influence others.
Explain how leadership theories can be used to develop interpersonal skills that build trust.
Competency 2: Evaluate how leadership strengths apply in the workplace and within the community.
Use examples to explain how leadership theories can be used to lead in a work environment or community.
“Leadership is an important and difficult task, but the cornerstone of organizational success” (Manning & Curtis, 2012, p. 11).
Early in the 20th century, scholarly interest in the modern concept of leadership was heavily influenced by the Great Man (or Great Person) theory of leadership. According to Pierce and Newstrom (2011), “Scholars interested in leadership have approached the development of an understanding of leadership from a variety of perspectives, starting with the ‘Great Person Theory of Leadership,’ which posited that great leaders, such as Julius Caesar, Joan of Arc, Catherine II, Napoleon, Mao Tsetung, Winston Churchill, and Franklin Delano Roosevelt were born with a set of personal qualities that destined them to be great leaders” (p.7).
Since that time, many more theories or models of leadership have influenced both its study and practice, with strong emphasis on leadership traits and behaviors. The multiple theories suggest there are many ways to lead, and the resulting leadership influence can be far-reaching even centuries after leaders are gone (Manning & Curtis, 2012).
Manning, G., & Curtis, K. (2012). The art of leadership (4th ed.). New York, NY: McGraw-Hill.
Pierce, J. L., & Newstrom, J. W. (2011). Leaders and the leadership process: Readings, self-assessments and applications (6th ed.). New York, NY: McG
Leadership will be a particularly important component of the business skills you utilize throughout your career, and it will play an even larger role as you take on additional responsibilities and work in higher level positions. For this assessment, you will learn more about some prominent leadership theories, and can undoubtedly apply those to achieve greater individual and organizational success.
To complete this assessment, research at least three of the leadership theories from the list below. Use the Capella library and the Internet to research scholarly literature on the theories you have chosen.
Great man theory.
The managerial theory.
Lewin’s leadership styles.
Likert’s leadership styles.
Hersey and Blanchard’s situational leadership.
Vroom and Yetton’s normative model.
House’s path-goal theory of leadership.
Fiedler’s least-preferred coworker (LPC) theory.
Cognitive resource theory.
Strategic contingencies theory.
Leader-member exchange (LMX) theory.
Bass’s transformational leadership theory.
Burns’s transformational leadership theory.
Based on your research, address the following:
Analyze each of the three theories you selected. In each analysis be sure you identify the theorists.
Use each of the three theories to analyze the following:
How the theory can be used by a leader to influence others.
How the theory can be used by a leader to develop the interpersonal skills needed to build trust.
For each theory analysis, provide examples of how the theory can be used as a strategy for leading in a work environment or in a community.
Your paper should be well organized and written in clear, succinct language. It should be approximately 3–5 pages in length. Follow APA rules for attributing sources that support your analysis and conclusions.