GSBS 6004 ORG BEHAVIOUR & DESIGN
No Effective Leadership Style that Should Be Used By a Leader
Student Name: Jing Li
Student No.: C3177731
Effectiveness of organizational leadership has come under a thorough scrutiny in the recent years. The recent global recession and its effects were blamed on banking, regulators, and financial institutions for failing to take precautionary measures in order to avoid the crisis. Bad leadership is the source of poor decisions on investments and credit systems that could not be sustained. The impact of poor leadership at the organizational level affects other organizations, the government, and regulators and for multinational, the effect is international (Gatti et al., 2012). This has resulted in new approaches to organizational leadership and a renewed discourse on leadership in a global market. Organizations are shifting from the leadership approach that wholly depended on the innate ability of individuals to influence others (Gatti et al.,
2012). Research on leadership has enabled organizations to come up with specific parameters and constructs on which to base organizational leadership. In essence the role of individuals in organizational leadership has diminished and organizations prefer individuals who can influence through policy and through transformation of organizational structures. Against this backdrop, the discussion that follows will look at the theories of leadership style, examples of how the leadership styles have been applied in organizations and present the global context of leadership style in organizations.
Studies and discourses on leadership dates back to the ancient times. Henman (2009) observed that philosophers like Plato believed that leadership belonged to few people who were endowed with wisdom above others. Aristotle contended that leadership was predetermined and that some people in populations were marked for subjugation and others were destined to command. Galton held the view that leadership was hereditary (Henman,