Leadership, a vitally important topic which brings excitement and interest since ancient times, is normally defined as a process which leads a group and influences that group to achieve certain goals. That is the theoretical definition of leadership. But in your mind, what does it exact mean? Powerful dynamic individuals? Dictatorship? In textbook, leadership is always stated as an indispensable element in Management as it derives certain benefits like productivity, motivation and sustainability to the organization. The problem is that they normally focus on the benefits of leadership (Scott, 2009). People seldom doubt the effectiveness of leadership. Maybe it is time for us to think about the real leadership. Does it really help or harm? The answer varies in different kinds of situation. This topic is essential as the power of leadership is unexpected (McManus, 2006). In the following parts of the paper, two leadership styles will be illustrated for seeking the answers of the above question. We will find out the favourable and vain sides of leadership under various circumstances.
Leadership styles and models used in this paper
There are many forms of leadership. Among all of them, the Charismatic Leadership and Transformational Leadership will be analyzed in detail with relevant examples later on. These two styles are chosen because they are commonly used in different aspects, especially in workplace. They are very influential to people (Zenger, & Folkman, 2002). In the real world, you can find “angels” and “devils” of leadership from each of these approaches. Then, after analyzing the positive and negative sides of Charismatic and Transformational Leadership, I will use Fiedler’s Contingency Theory and Path-goal Theory for further justification on adopting the suitable leadership style in different conditions. Now, let us explore the inner side of leadership.