Leadership Styles


Telecommutingand Leadership Style by Timothy R. Dahlstrom

Thearticle is about leadership styles in telecommunication industry.According to the author, the increased dynamism in telecommunicationindustry presents a major challenge to human resource departments,managers and employees in the organization. The major areas ofconcerns are how the employees relate with the organizations, and therelationship between telecommuters and the managers. According to theauthor, the employees relationships in most private organization iswell known in standard settings. Nevertheless, in governmentorganization, very little is known on how teleworkers relate with theorganizations, as well as the influence of managerial leadershipbehaviours on outcomes of the telecommuters that are related with theorganization.

Atthe end of the article, the author presents a combination oftelecommuting challenges and the related leadership styles, afterwhich he suggests the most appropriate leadership style for mediatingthe negative aspects facing telecommuting industry, which is the mostimportant component for employees within the telecommunicationenvironment. The main leadership behaviors proposed by the author arerelationship orientation and leadership behavior. Timothy alsoproposed the contingency model of leadership by Fielder and path-goaltheory by Mitchell and House in proposing the best leadership stylesfor telecommunication organization. Also, the author presents othersubstitutes for leadership (Timothy, 2013).

Ichose the article since it is rich in leadership topic and therelated styles, that are executable and critical not only in atelecommunication industry but also in any other leadershiporganization. The article has explicitly reviewed the challenges intelecommuting industry. I have learnt that leadership style towardsjob commitment and job satisfaction are very critical. This isbecause the author has presented a leadership style dichotomy and hasassessed the impact of the two organizational commitment and jobsatisfaction, extensively. I feel that this article is enlighteningon what leadership is and the evaluation on styles of leadershipbased on the kind of organization one is involved in.


Timothy,D. (2013). Telecommuting and Leadership Style. PublicPersonnel Management 42(3),438-451.