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The theory suggests that leaders choose the best course of action based upon situational variables. Different leadership styles may be more appropriate for certain types of decision-making.
For instance, a more knowledgeable and experienced group member may use an authoritarian leadership style, while a group with skilled experts may use a democratic style.
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Leadership theories try to explain how and why certain people become leaders. Some theories focus on leaders' characteristics, while others attempt to identify behaviours that people can adopt.
The theory is based on the belief that great leaders are made, not born. People can learn to become leaders through teaching and observation.
Trait theories assume people inherit certain qualities and traits that make them better suited to leadership. Traits include extroversion, self-confidence, and courage.
Known as transformational theories, these theories focus on the connections formed between leaders and followers.
According to this point of view, great leaders are born to lead with internal characteristics such as charisma, confidence, intelligence, and social skills.
This theory suggests that the ideal leadership style considers the input of others.
Also known as transactional theories, these theories focus on the role of supervision, organisation, and group performance.
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