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Path-Goal Theory of Leadership

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Christopher Schisani

on 10 October 2011

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Transcript of Path-Goal Theory of Leadership

Path-Goal Theory Leaders
Movie Time! Possible Problem Four Types of Leadership Behaviors Directive Supportive Participative Achievement-
Oriented Origin Path-Goal Theory of Leadership Group 3 In Summation Contingency Factors Summary ! By:
Tiffany Oved
Christopher Schisani Leaders are effective because of their impact on subordinates

Called Path-Goal Theory because its

is the subordinates perception of
their work goals, personal goals and
paths to goal attainment. major concern Clarify the path
Remove roadblocks
Increase rewards Path-Goal approach comes from the expectancy theory More general theory People are happy with their job and work harder at their job if they think it leads to higher value. Telling what needs to be done and giving guidance.

Example: Giving schedules of specific work to be done at specific times.
Considering the needs of the employee.
Increasing employees self-esteem.
Best when work is stressful, hazardous, etc Taking ideas into account from employees when making decisions.
Best when the employees are experts. Setting challenging goals, both in work and in self-improvement.
Leader shows faith in the capabilities of the follower to succeed.
Best when the task is complex. It is a variable that affects the relationship between two other variables such as leaders behavior and subordinate satisfaction.

The theory, and the research on it, are relatively new to the literature of organizational behavior. why Most theories have disgarded the simplistic notion that certain personality traits completely determine performance
The path-goal approach goes one step further: It not only suggests what style is most effective- it also explains it is most effective
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