The Perfect Position

The Perfect Position
Defining leadership is just as impossible as defining what it takes to have an effective leader.   Our reading defines leadership as, “the process of influencing others to understand and agree about what needs to be done and how to do it (Yuki, 2006).”   In this paper I will discuss leadership theories, characteristics, and my leadership style.   I will also define my perfect position match.
Leadership Theories
The Path-Goal Theory of Leadership was developed to discuss how the behavior of the leader affects the satisfaction and performance of the team.   In this theory the leaders the leaders responsibility is the following: “Increase personal payoffs to subordinates for work-goal attainment and making the path to these payoffs easier to travel by clarifying it, reducing roadblocks and pitfalls, and increasing the opportunities for personal satisfaction along the way (Yukl, 2006).”   The leader needs to influence employee satisfaction in whatever means possible to have success.  
This theory revolves around the leader behaviors.   With many types of leadership behaviors in the workplace today, Gary Yukl discusses four types of leadership behaviors.   They include supportive leadership, directive leadership, participative leadership, and achievement-oriented leadership.  
A supportive leader is defined as, “a leader that gives consideration to the needs of subordinates, displaying concern for their welfare, and creating a friendly climate in the work unit (Yukl, 2006).”   This style of leadership is proven to increase self confidence and minimize employee dissatisfaction.   The leader works hard to build the employees confidence, work effort, and makes them happy to come to work.  
A directive leader is defined as, “a leader that lets subordinates know what they are expected to do, giving specific guidance, asking subordinates to follow rules and procedures, and scheduling and coordinating the work (Yukl, 2006).” This style of leadership is proven...