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“Leadership is Situational”. In the light of this statement discuss the various theories of leadership in brief.

Topic : Aptitude and foundational values for Civil Service, integrity, impartiality and nonpartisanship, objectivity, dedication to public service, empathy, tolerance and compassion towards the weaker-sections.

7.  “Leadership is Situational”. In the light of this statement discuss the various theories of leadership in brief. (250 words)

Reference: Ethics, Integrity and Aptitude by G Subba Rao and P N Chowdhary

Why the question:

The question is based on the concept of Leadership and various theories of it.

Key Demand of the question:

One needs to elaborate on the fact as to how leadership is situational. 

Directive:

Discuss – This is an all-encompassing directive – you have to debate on paper by going through the details of the issues concerned by examining each one of them. You have to give reasons for both for and against arguments.

Structure of the answer:

Introduction:

Start with the definition of Leadership.

Body:

First explain the various theories associated with leadership.

Situational leadership refers to when the leader or manager of an organization must adjust his style to fit the development level of the followers he is trying to influence.

Then explain that Leadership requires a complex collection of many attributes that include follower-desired personality traits, communication skills, leadership skills, and teaching ability, to name a few.

A preferred leadership style is developed by the leader through learning and experience. And the leader’s tendency is to fit the situation to his or her particular style.

Discuss the merits and demerits of situational leadership.

Conclusion:

Give suitable example and conclude with fair and balanced opinion.