Chapter 3

Leadership Communication Styles

I suppose leadership at one time meant muscles; but today it means getting along with people.

—Mahatma Gandhi

As discussed in Chapter 1, the trajectory of development of traditional models of leadership has enabled us to recognize that a “one-size-fits-all” approach to leadership doesn’t always work. That is, the basic assumption of behavioral and contingency or situational theories of leadership is that the leader must adapt his or her style to the demands of the situation. As was discussed in Chapter 1, situational leadership theory stresses that leadership is composed of two dimensions—directive and supportive—that build on the assumptions developed by the earlier behavioral theorists. According ...

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