My Leadership Challenge

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Leadership Challenge Mickie Smith Brandman University MAOL 600 Foundations of Organizational Leadership I currently serve as the leader and team captain for the "Slow Rollers", a local amateur billiards team that competes weekly against other local bars in 8-Ball and 9-Ball matches. The team consists of 5-8 players with a wide range of skill levels. We are nationally affiliated and sanctioned by the American Pool Players Association (APA). My hope is to develop a competitive team that gets along well together, has fun, improves both our individual and team skills, and ultimately advance to compete in the national championship. The intent of this paper is to examine and analyze my challenge through various leadership theories/models, and to identify leadership styles and behaviors that will be effective in achieving my goal. Although there are a number of theories that can be examined, I have selected three that I believe will be most useful to me. First I will define three theories to include Fiedler’s Contingency Theory, the path-goal theory, and the Situational Leadership II model. Next I will discuss the application of the models to my leadership challenge and why I selected it. Finally, I will conclude with a reflective analysis and reveal what I have learned from my research about leadership and the application of the three leadership theories. Three Theories/Models Fiedler’s Contingency Model Fiedler’s contingency model emphasizes the importance of both the leader's personal ability and the situation in which the leader must operate in. The model predicts that the effectiveness of the leader will depend on both the leadership style and how favorable is the situation (Northouse, 2010). Leadership style is measured by what Fiedler calls the least preferred co-worker (LPC) scale. Using a series of scales, the leader is asked to think of all
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