Grand Canyon University Political Leader and Fiedler Contingency Theory Questions

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Identify a political leader, either current or past, local or national.

Describe personal characteristics and behaviors as well as situational factors that have contributed to the leader's success or failure.

Apply French and Raven's four bases of power to this individual. Has the person used different bases of power for different situations?

Using Fiedler’s contingency theory, how did situational factors contribute to this leader's use of power?

Create a 2,000-2,500-word (body content) research paper that consists of eight journal articles (at least four from the past 2 years).

Prepare this assignment according to the guidelines found in the APA Style Guide. An abstract is required.

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Running head: LEADERSHIP


Political Leader
Institution Affiliation



The ability and capacity of a director or manager or supervisor to influence the attitude of
subordinates to perform tasks with confidence and zeal define the main components of good
leadership. This influence is in directing, guiding, and distribution of resources or necessities at
an executive level towards specific goals and objectives. A leader should be in a position of
passing a specific goal or objective as per the people's needs in the form of a vision or target.
This can be done through inspiration, teamwork, mapping a clear direction. Leadership at
national requires a leader with qualities that can amass social influence, maximizing the potential
of the multitudes in achieving the given goals (Ojo, Ree & Carretta, 2016).
In accordance with the Fiedler’s Contingency Theory of leadership, leadership is defined
as the qualities found in an individual or a leader that matches the given situation (Ayman &
Lauritsen, 2018). This shows that there is no singular defined way of dealing with a situation, but
the given situation determines the qualities of the leader. Regarding leadership French and Raven
bring outs or explains some basic and core bases of power that are referent power, reward power,
legitimate power, and expert power. These bases of power define any leadership style of a
particular leader, depending on the situation. In this study, our focus shall be on the style of
leadership according to Fiedler’s theory alongside French and Raven bases of power in Joe
Biden, a leader at a local and national level.
Joe Biden
During the tenure of the 44th U.S. President, Joe Biden, born in 1942, became the fortyseventh vice president previously Delaware Senate representative from 1973 to 2009. Joe Biden
is a Democrat, and currently, he is the presidential nominee on Democrat ticket in the coming



2020 presidential election. The seventy-seven-year-old and former vice president has exhibited
leadership skills both at a local level and at national. His largest tenure in leadership is his
Delaware Senate representation, which portrays him has a capable leader and focused on the
objective of the leadership in accordance with the needs of the Delaware people. Before
resigning to assume the role of the vice president, Biden had been in Senate for terms and rose to
be the fourth most senior senator. He is known to have opposed the Gulf War in 1991 and also
advocated for the NATO and United States involvement in the Bosnian war.
Bases of power and Fiedler’s Contingency Theory
Based on the definitions presented by French and Raven in 1959, at various levels, Joe
Biden exhibits some of the styles outlined by social psychologists French and Raven. Some of
these bases of power observed in Joe Biden are legitimate, referent, expert, and coerc...

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