Leadership Behavoior: Path Goal Theory
Business and Management
Submitted By blaine
The Path-Goal Theory provides four different leadership behaviors which leaders can use depending on the situation. In my interview with fraternity president, Lex Wild, I discovered that he used all four leadership behaviors. The fraternity provides a vast array of circumstances as well as situations concerning its members that call for the use of all the leadership behaviors. The most successful leadership behavior which Lex uses is that of directive leadership. Lex felt that his role as president went hand in hand with the directive leadership behavior. Duties such as presiding over meetings, making sure other officers execute their duties or enforcing bylaws require setting goals and having set standards. Lex felt this leadership behavior worked the best because when leading a fraternity you have procedures to follow and schedules to keep. For example getting new members ready for initiation or meeting with the educational leadership counselor (ELC) every semester requires following strict guidelines and preparation. This behavior when compared to others was the only one which really emphasized a “hands on approach” and the most control over issues pertaining to the house. In a fraternity with fifty plus members who have different combinations of locus of control, perceived ability, and direct contact with the president, directive behavior leadership has proved to be the most efficient. This became clearly apparent when Jeremiah, in his second year as president, was faced with new officers. Although these new officers had the ability to do their job, they had new rules and tasks to learn. By giving them guidance and expectations they have been able to complete their job quite successfully. Some officers, such as the academic chair & ritualist, benefit heavily from the directive behavior. One of the past goals of the fraternity was to improve the overall...