Explanation of Leadership Styles

Discuss how leadership operates at various levels within an organisation. In what ways are the qualities of leaders different (or are required to be different) at the different levels? Reference must be made to at least two organisations currently operating in the UK. Recommendations are not necessary. Introduction Leadership is “A process in which leader and followers interact in a way that enables the leader to influence the actions of the followers in a non cohesive way, towards the achievement of certain aims or objectives.” Rollinson, Derek Organisation Behaviour and Analysis, Second Edition Financial Times (Prentice Hall 2002)

Leadership is the moral and intellectual ability to visualise and work for what is best for the company and its employees. The most vital thing a leader does is to create team sprit around him and near him, not in a schoolboy sense, but in realistic terms of mature adults. “Lord Sieff, Management and Organisational Behaviour Third Edition, Laurie J Mullins, Pitman Publishing.” Leadership In all organisations there is some form of leadership present. The style of leadership which individuals take is personal to them and they will use their style to find ways for the organisation to achieve common goals. All forms of leadership are individualistic, although they can be categorised into four different styles: Democratic, Paternalistic, Authoritarian (dictatorial) and Laissez-faire.

Explanation of Leadership Styles A Democratic style is basically consulting with employees throughout the organisation in decision making circumstances. This links to Trade Union Representative and those who follow McGregor’s Theory Y ideology. A Paternalistic style is based on an Autocratic style although decisions are made in the best interest of the organisation. It emphasises human relations and social needs. This style is supported by Elton Mayo and Abraham Maslow. E.g. Schindler from Schinder’s List.

An Authoritarian style assumes that “knowledge is power” therefore retains the necessary information and decision making ability from the lower level individuals. This style emphasises status in an organisation towards the top because being involved in decision making makes your view point important. This links to McGregor’s Theory ‘X’ as this states that the individuals prefer to be directed in their roles and prefer not to have any responsibility. E.g. Adolf Hitler Laissez-faire brings freedom to subordinates, and allows them to function creatively and within boundaries defined by superiors. The leader applies minimal input to the running of the organisation. It gives individuals maximum scope to perform and show what they are capable of in a given business environment. This style is closely linked with the 1920’s America Government.

Although the above are the extreme styles of management, leaders tend to incorporate different elements from each style into their own preferred style. Above is an organisational chart which outlines the different hierarchy levels, the roles of each department and each p of control and chain of command. The above image (left) shows the skills that leaders generally possess. Although they are important not all leaders necessarily have all five skills. This justifies why some leaders are ‘better’ than others. At different levels of an organisation some of the skills that leaders have, appear more important than others.

At the top of an organisation ‘vision’ and ‘intuition’ can be seen as more important because the visions a leader, at this level, has can determine the nature of the business, the ethos/culture and the organisational direction. These qualities are required at the top of the organisation in order for ‘strategic decisions’ to be made. These skills that top level leaders have are utilised by the Board of Directors, Directors and high level managers. It is important to realise that leadership and management are not the same, although the two are interlinked. This is because a manager is in the position to influence subordinate behaviour; therefore the manager is occupying part of the role of leadership. It is then necessary for employees to respect and respond to their authority positively for the manager to qualify for the role of a leader.

The leaders at the middle level can include supervisors, team leaders and depending on the industry, foremen. The leadership at this level differs from higher and lower levels because at this level, it is concerned with more individual tasks and operational activities of the organisations on a day-to-day basis. This is an example why management and leadership are not the same because a supervisor can be a leader whilst they are not in a managerial position.

The lower level consists of employees either core workers or peripheral workers and initially their role is to carry out simple operational activities such as working machinery, packing stock etc. The leaders of the lower levels is achieved in situations when a leader is required to is identified qualities through reputation and experience instead of being physically appointed as a leader. These leaders achieve their status through the people they are leading as opposed to being appointed by those above. These leaders are considered to be role models and will probably achieve promotion because of their leadership qualities.

Calculate the price
Make an order in advance and get the best price
Pages (550 words)
$0.00
*Price with a welcome 15% discount applied.
Pro tip: If you want to save more money and pay the lowest price, you need to set a more extended deadline.
We know how difficult it is to be a student these days. That's why our prices are one of the most affordable on the market, and there are no hidden fees.

Instead, we offer bonuses, discounts, and free services to make your experience outstanding.
How it works
Receive a 100% original paper that will pass Turnitin from a top essay writing service
step 1
Upload your instructions
Fill out the order form and provide paper details. You can even attach screenshots or add additional instructions later. If something is not clear or missing, the writer will contact you for clarification.
Pro service tips
How to get the most out of your experience with MyhomeworkGeeks
One writer throughout the entire course
If you like the writer, you can hire them again. Just copy & paste their ID on the order form ("Preferred Writer's ID" field). This way, your vocabulary will be uniform, and the writer will be aware of your needs.
The same paper from different writers
You can order essay or any other work from two different writers to choose the best one or give another version to a friend. This can be done through the add-on "Same paper from another writer."
Copy of sources used by the writer
Our college essay writers work with ScienceDirect and other databases. They can send you articles or materials used in PDF or through screenshots. Just tick the "Copy of sources" field on the order form.
Testimonials
See why 20k+ students have chosen us as their sole writing assistance provider
Check out the latest reviews and opinions submitted by real customers worldwide and make an informed decision.
FIN571
excellent work
Customer 452773, March 1st, 2024
Business Studies
Thank you very much for a good job done and a quick turn around time.
Customer 452615, March 31st, 2021
business
Thank you for your hard work and help.
Customer 452773, February 13th, 2023
Business and administrative studies
Excellent work ,always done early
Customer 452773, February 21st, 2023
Criminal Justice
This has been the greatest help while I am recovering from an illness. Thank your team so much.
Customer 452671, May 2nd, 2021
Business and administrative studies
great job as always
Customer 452773, February 26th, 2023
Business and administrative studies
excellent job thank you Your Score 166.25/ 175- A 1. Current Culture 15% of total grade 18.37 Criterion "1. Current Culture" has textual feedback Criterion Feedback I see interesting points, though, in general they are not about the culture.
Customer 452773, June 4th, 2023
Leadership Studies
excellent job
Customer 452773, July 28th, 2023
Business and administrative studies
excellent work
Customer 452773, March 9th, 2023
Human Resources Management (HRM)
excellent job
Customer 452773, June 25th, 2023
BUSINESS LAW
excellent job made a 93
Customer 452773, March 22nd, 2023
Leadership Studies
excellent job
Customer 452773, August 3rd, 2023
11,595
Customer reviews in total
96%
Current satisfaction rate
3 pages
Average paper length
37%
Customers referred by a friend
OUR GIFT TO YOU
15% OFF your first order
Use a coupon FIRST15 and enjoy expert help with any task at the most affordable price.
Claim my 15% OFF Order in Chat
Close

Sometimes it is hard to do all the work on your own

Let us help you get a good grade on your paper. Get professional help and free up your time for more important courses. Let us handle your;

  • Dissertations and Thesis
  • Essays
  • All Assignments

  • Research papers
  • Terms Papers
  • Online Classes
Live ChatWhatsApp