Consider the following statement: “Top leaders adjust their leadership style in order to best influence their followers.” Before conducting any research to evaluate the efficacy of this statement, jot down whether or not you inherently agree or disagree with it. Include an example to support your perspective. Next, review the discussions on situational, charismatic, and transformational leadership found in the Yukl (2013) text. Which of these models best relates to your perspective on leadership?
Fiedler’s Contingency Model
Refer to the discussion of Fiedler’s original work on contingency theory found in the Yukl (2013) text. There has been much debate over the validity of this model (and related extensions). Is a contingency approach still applicable in the workforce today? If yes, when is it appropriate? If no, why not?