Throughout the course of this paper, I will the address the four leadership theories consisting of transformational leadership, charismatic leadership, situational leadership, and ethical leadership. It is my intent to not only identify the components of the different leadership theories, but to apply personal observations to the four theories and how I have observed their defined interactions in the workplace.
Transformational leaders are able to see the “bigger picture” surrounding an issue or concept. The transformational leader is able to share the vision with his or her team and provides the resources and mentoring necessary to move toward achieving the ...view middle of the document...
Within the Emergency Department, we have undergone several management changes over the last five years. We previously reported to a member of our leadership team who was fairly knowledgeable regarding the day to day management of the department and the necessary roles and tasks required to smoothly run the department; however, this individual tended to micro-manage her leadership staff and did not promote an atmosphere of developing growth in potential leaders. While I believe that this individual ultimately had the best interest of the organization at heart, she did not possess the transformational leadership style needed for her role. Ultimately, it was a breach in ethical behavior which resulted in her departure from the organization.
Following this individual’s departure from Children’s Hospital, we obtained a new manager, with a very different style. Again, this individual was extremely knowledgeable in the daily operations of the Emergency Department and had long-standing experience in managing personnel. This gentleman’s management style was very calming; he never reacted rashly, but was able to analyze all aspects of an issue, whether personnel or department driven, and was able to re-direct staff members or the leadership team, in identifying appropriate options, resolutions, and potential long-term successes. This individual offered staff an open door, approachable persona and both the department and the staff flourished under his management. While this gentleman held staff accountable for behavioral actions, he was sometimes passive aggressive in areas which he personally felt the issue at hand was not especially serious. Due to recent organizational restructuring, this gentleman was placed back into a Charge Nurse/Leadership role within the Emergency department. He currently remains responsible for training our new Director, and soon, a new Manager, in the roles and duties that he previously held. He has does this with dignity and grace, and is an example of the highest ethical leadership required in transformational leadership.
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Charismatic Leadership Insights
Charismatic Leadership refers to an individual’s ability to lead by using personality and charm. These leaders have the ability to analyze their environment and/or audience and then personalize their presentations to suit the mood. Charismatic leadership has both an upside and a downside; the upside being that strong, alluring personalities can manipulate and motivate a team. This same strong, alluring personality can also be detrimental to an organization if the charismatic leader has a personal, selfish agenda. Adolf Hitler possessed charismatic leadership traits.
The most effective charismatic leader is one who can relate to his...