Laissez-faire Leadership: Is that an Oxymoron?

Tweet Laissez-faire leadership is found in an environment where leadership responsibilities are ignored by the leaders and decisions are avoided or neglected by the leadership. Laissez-faire leaders avoid their own supervisory responsibilities and avoid trying to influence their subordinates (Bass, 1990). These leaders usually set no clear goals, allow organizational drift, and do not help […]

Leadership: Fiedler’s Contingency Model

Tweet Though controversial, Fiedler’s contingency model of leadership has been the most widely researched model on leadership (Bass, 1990). Fiedler used three dimensions to describe the leadership situation: leader-member relations, task structure, and leader’s positional power. The most important variable in Fiedler’s research was the least preferred co-worker (LPC) scores. Fiedler, through his model, showed […]

Leadership: Great Man Theory

Tweet Bass (1990) states that “the study of history has been the study of leaders – what they did and why they did it” (p. 3). From the instruction of Ptahhotep in 2300 B.C., to Confucius, to Plato, to Machiavelli, and to Collins, the scholars of leadership study have focused on influence (Bass, 1990). Leadership […]

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