PAD 515 Strayer Week 4 The Great Man Theory & Situational Leadership HW

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Due Week 4 and worth 150 points

Write a four to five (4-5) page paper in which you:

  1. Determine two (2) leadership theories and two (2) leadership styles that support the definition of a public leader. Provide a rationale for your response.
  2. What are the differences, if any, between successful leaders in public, private, and non-profit organizations? Cite experiences and research to support your assertions.
  3. Some think leadership is a born ability. Some think leadership can be learned. Some think leadership is a product of a need or challenge. What do you think? Cite experiences and research to support your assertions.

Include at least four (4) peer-reviewed references (at least one must be no more than 3 months old) from material outside the textbook. Note: Appropriate peer-reviewed references include scholarly articles and government websites. Wikipedia, other wikis, and any other websites ending in anything other than “.gov” do not qualify as academic resources.

Your assignment must follow these formatting requirements:

  • Be typed, double spaced, using Times New Roman font (size 12), with one-inch margins on all sides; citations and references must follow APA or school-specific format. Check with your professor for any additional instructions.
  • Include a cover page containing the title of the assignment, the student’s name, the professor’s name, the course title, and the date. The cover page and the reference page are not included in the required assignment page length.

The specific course learning outcomes associated with this assignment are:

  • Evaluate the theories and models of public leadership.
  • Differentiate among the styles of public leadership.
  • Differentiate between leadership in public, private, and non-profit organizations.

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Leadership theory
A public leader is a person who holds or assumes a role in a public office and guides and
serves the community in general. Therefore, some of the leadership theories which support the
definition of a public leader are: The Great man Theory and situational theory of leadership.
The “Great Man” theory
As per the “Great Man” Theory, leaders are usually born with the right capacities and
traits for leading- intellect, communication skills, social skills, and confidence. The theory
proposes that the capacity to lead is innate (i.e., great leaders are often born not made). This
theory also describes public leaders as mythic, brave, and ordained to become leaders when a
situation arises.
Situational Leadership
Situational leadership, on the other hand, endorses leaders to embrace leadership styles
dependent on the present situation. In other words, situational leadership theory recommends that
not a solitary leadership style is superlative. Instead, it all relies on the existing situation and the
type of strategies and leadership best suited for the task. As per this theory, the most efficient
leaders (public leaders) are those who are capable of adapting their style to a state and observe
the cues such as the task type, the group's na...

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