There is no guarantee for success for any person in a leadership role. It is not uncommon for a leader who has met success in one leadership role and environment to encounter an experience where his or her leadership is now ineffective. As a result of various factors within situations, success may not be tied to the style of the leader. Various factors might include the situational context in which leadership is applied or the level of member motivation. For example, in Situational Theory, a leader may be effective because his or her style of leadership fits the situation. A leader may also be effective because of his or her ability to motivate subordinates. As outlined in Path-Goal Theory, a leader removes obstacles and provides support to subordinates to achieve goals.
For this paper, consider the strengths and limitations of using the Path-Goal Theory of leadership in public health situations. Path-Goal Theory is a widely-debated issue in terms of its validity in leadership practices. As a result, for this paper, you must determine if you think Path-Goal is a valid theory of leadership. Then, think about how Path-Goal Theory compares (similarities and differences) to Situational Approach and consider an example of this comparison.
Write a 3page paper the headings listed below;
(a) Description of two strengths of Path-Goal Theory as applied in the field of public health.
(b) Description of two limitations of Path-Goal Theory as applied in the field of public health
(c) Compare (similarities and differences) Path-Goal Theory to Situational Theory of leadership. Be specific.
(d) Finally, explain whether Path-Goal Theory is a valid theory of leadership. Justify your response.
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