An Investigation of Leadership Models

An Investigation of Leadership Models - 1 -
An Investigation of Leadership Models
Michael N. Phan
University of Phoenix School of Advance Studies
An Investigation of Leadership Models
An Investigation of Leadership Model - 2 -
Leadership is the result of the interaction among the leader, the follower, and the
leadership situation. The leadership process contains all these three key elements. The leadership
situation is seldom able to be changed, and the follower (s) is another area, which is generally
static, so it is the leader, which must make change if projects are not being accomplished. It is
the leadership style, which will determine many things about a company or division, because
different leadership styles work well or poorly in different environments. They also promote or
impede different company cultures and develop different aspects and skills among the
employees, creating uniquely different teams and determining how those teams function.
Leadership styles at any level will modify these attributes and modify the efficiency of people or
teams and even whole departments within their area of influence or control. Overall leadership
styles, which may actually be dictated by company business architecture, culture and the
leadership styles of those at the top also impact company culture and greatly influence the
strategic positioning of the organization.
Leadership is absolutely required in business or government organizations. Without
legitimately granting leaders the power needed to guide the organizations, they fall apart.
Drucker sees this as the proof that leadership must be legitimized, one way or another. James
Burnham’s thesis of the managerial revolution (1941) and shareholder democracy, which
asserted that stockholders, voting by proxy, delegated their property rights to professional
managers was ample proof of this theory (Burnham, 1941).
Goleman (1997) identified the...