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Compare and Contrast the Four Theories of Leadership

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  • Essay length: 1725 words
  • Submitted: 21/08/2010
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University Degree Management Studies

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Clawson (2006) states "Leadership has been widely studied over a long period of time, yet it remains an elusive phenomenon to understand and develop (appendix). A number of leadership theories have been developed with the goal of providing guidance and instruction to current and aspiring leaders. Clawson (2006) outlines six categories of leadership theories; "trait, behavior, power and influence, situational, charismatic, and transformational" (appendix). In addition to these six categories, moral leadership is a theory that is presented as leadership through a well defined set of morals.

Leadership has definitions left open to interpretation however, according to Wren (1995), his definition of leadership is "a leader inducing followers to act for certain goals that represent the values and the motivations-the wants and needs, the aspirations and expectations-of both leaders and followers" (p.100). This essay will initially provide a basic definition of each leadership model; provide a comparison and dissimilarity of the transformational, charismatic, situational and moral leadership theories while outlining how each theory may address today's leadership issues and challenges.

Transformational Leadership

Transformational leadership is seen as a process in which leaders and followers inspire one another to elevated moral conduct (Clawson,

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