Leadership Theories



Basedon the analysis of the different leadership theories, I think thepassage that best captures the central idea of a leadership theory,which is particularly relevant and crucial to the organization, isfound in Ulrich, Smallwood &amp Sweetman (2008) on page 2 “Beingan effective leader starts with the self. If you want to buildleadership in your company, you need to model what you want others toknow and do”.


Thetheory of leadership that most closely aligns with the currentpractice within the organization is transactional theory. Theorganization identifies with this theory because the leader of thisorganization focuses on the principle of management by exceptionthat is, in case something is operating within the expectations, thenit does not need being given any attention (Northouse,2010). Besides, this is the current theory used by the leader of theorganization since any work requirements are put clear and rewardstructures are also clear. In addition, although there arepunishments within the organization they are not always mentioned,but are well understood by employees, and formal systems ofdiscipline are put in place (Northouse,2010). I think this is not the most appropriate theory for thisorganization.


Theleadership theory that I would recommend, which might be moreeffective for this organization, would be transformation theory. Theprimary reason why this theory would be the most effective for theorganization is because the leader would examine and search the needsand motives of employees while seeking a higher agenda of needs.Besides, this theory will be more effective since it focuses on theleader selling the vision of an organization continually and theleader inspires employees to do what he wants done (Northouse,2010).


Northouse,P. G. (2010).&nbspLeadership:Theory and practice.Thousand Oaks: Sage Publications.

Ulrich,D., Smallwood, N., &amp Sweetman, K. (2008). Definingleadership code. In The leadership code: Five rules to lead by.Boston, MA: Harvard Business School.