different types of leadership

1. Research has identified many different types of leadership. Describe the main features of the following making sure to highlight at least one key difference between each:
a) Charismatic
b) Transformational
c) Transactional

2. Yukl (1999, p290) identifies three behaviours (at the dyadic (ie, pairs), group and organisational levels that should be included in transformational theory. Briefly explain each (approx 1 para).

3. What is Yukl’s (1999, p289) overall criticism of current theory on transactional leadership (approx. 1 para).

4. Using the questions below, interview 3-4 people about their personal idea of leadership and write down their answers.
a) Name one person who you think is a good example of a leader [important: your interviewee must know this ‘leader’ personally through work – past or current or through outside activities such as sport). An ‘idealised’ person such as Nelson Mandela or a national football coach is not appropriate]
b) Describe one thing about their personality or attitude and one thing about their behaviour that makes them a leader in your opinion.
c) Name one person you have or currently work with who is in a leadership position but who you think does not have the qualities of a true leader. Explain why.
d) Do you think that leaders are born or made? Explain why.

5. Each person’s replies will reflect one or more theories about leadership that you have studied.
a) Identify key phrases in each interview that tell you something about that person’s ideas about what leadership is. Then, match these to the most relevant leadership theory (or theories).
b) Which leadership theory is the one that is most commonly referred to? Explain why (approx. 1 page).

6. Conclude by outlining your learning from this task in relation to your personal theory of leadership.

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