Path-Goal Theory of Jeanne Lewis of Staples

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                                Path-Goal Theory and the Jeanne Lewis Case Study
                                                  Western Governor University


                                                Professor:   Larry Wright


        Path-Goal Theory developed by Robert House is based on the expectancy theory of

motivation. Motivation to exert influence increases as one’s performance improves.   A

leader’s behavior is said to be motivating or satisfying to the extent that the behavior

increases the follower’s goal attainment ,clarifies the paths to the goal attainment and

removes obstacles to performance. However, whether leadership behavior can do so

effectively also depends on situational factors.
        This Theory is called Path-Goal because it’s concern is how the leader influences the

follower’s perception of their work goal, personal goals and the paths to attaining these

goals.   In addition a leader’s behavior is predicted to be motivational to the extent of

the following:

Provides the guidance and support needed by employees.

Rewards are tied to meaningful rewards for accomplishing a goal.

            According to Robert House there are four types of leadership in the Path-Goal

Theory depending on the situation:

Directive Leadership:   In directive leadership the leader lets the followers know what

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      what is expected of them and tells them how to perform their tasks.   This style is

      appropriate when the follower has an uncertain job.   The style is characterized...