March 22, 2015

Leadership theories

So i guess we have all been looking at lots of theories and styles reading alot of papers too. there is a great deal of work out there, many editions and many years of work. i came across a couple of pieces of work where researchers have refined from their previous work and found new things or proved their previous assumptions wrong and this just made me think, these individuals must have been in this field for tens of years, we are just in the start of our leadership experiences. yes we are writing a pma but these individuals have written countless papers yet still find new ideas and things they havent found before.

Ofcourse this natural progression and development of human experiences but it made me think that concepts like leadership or decision making, or even excellence never really be understood fully, we will constantly change what we think according to what we perceive of the situations around us, we may manipulate decisions or the ideals of quality andexcellence according to what we have experienced and what the current situation requires.

So when looking at leadership styles, yes i may have a style now, which by no means can be put in a box and labelled, because it isn't situational, nor is it transformational or strategic infact what if a person doesn't have specific style, they just develop their perceptions over the years and its so much more than just a way you practise your management or leadership, your experiences have a huge impact on how you practice it. two different people can perceive transformational leadership in two completely different ways and adopt it in different ways and so it comes across very differently. not to mention how the individuals will react, everyone needs something different from their leaders according to many different factors such as personal connections with leader, expectations, situations or ambitions. So although i am writing this pma and putting things into boxes and labels i really do think that the system off putting styles of dealing with your followers into boxes is really inaccurate.

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