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4. Discuss the four major classification of leadership theories paradigms Answer There are four major classifications of leadership theory, also called research approaches , used to explain leadership. Leadership theory classifications include trait, behavioral, contingency, and integrative. A leadership paradigm is a shared mindset that represents a fundamental way of thinking about, perceiving, studying, researching, and understanding leadership. A. Leadership trait theories attempt to explain distinctive characteristics accounting for leadership effectiveness. Researchers analyzed physical and psychological traits, or qualities, such as high energy level, appearance, aggressiveness, self-reliance, persuasiveness, and dominance in an effort to identify a set of traits that all successful leaders possessed. B. The Behavioral Leadership Theory Paradigm Behavioral leadership theories attempt to explain distinctive styles used by effective leaders, or to define the nature of their work (task oriented vs people oriented). Mintzberg’s ten managerial roles are an example of behavioral leadership theory. Behavioral research focuses on finding ways to classify behavior that will facilitate our understanding of leadership. C. The Contingency Leadership Theory Paradigm Contingency leadership theories attempt to explain the appropriate leadership style based on the leader, followers, and situation. In other words, which traits and/or behaviors will result in leadership success given the situational variables?
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D. The Integrative Leadership Theory Paradigm Integrative leadership theories attempt to combine the trait, behavioral, and contingency theories to explain successful, influencing leader follower relationships. Theories identify behaviors and traits that facilitate the leader’s effectiveness, and explore why the same behavior by the leader may have a different effect on followers, depending on the situation
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