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The Comparison of Leadership Models for Contemporary Leadership Issues The Comparison of Leadership Models for Contemporary Leadership Issues Various leadership models and theories are available for use in an organization. A leader must be able to review each model or theory to decide which one is appropriate for his or her organization and personality. The following models: autocratic, participative, charismatic, and transformational will be compared and contrasted to find similarities, differences, and overlaps. In this review, the goal is to apply each model to contemporary leadership issues and challenges. To begin a review of leadership models, an assessment of the leader effectiveness is reviewed (Oyinlade, 2006). The organization needs assessment is next. Once the assessments are gathered, observations of different models assist in selecting the best model that fits the organization and leader. For the sake of this review of models, assume this process is complete. The first model to review is autocratic model of leadership. Autocratic leadership requires skill and experience in leadership that maintains control (Jordan, 1996). The leader who would undertake this model has the skills, experience, explains his or her actions well, and maintains control. The followers who would be receptive to this model have low skills, give up control easily to their leader, and needs much guidance. This model would be good if implemented in a situation concerning safety, hazards, and people and task orientations (Jordan, 1996). The participative model of leadership is trusting and confident in his or her abilities as well as the groups (Jordan, 1996). The leader for this model is confident in his or her own abilities, as well his or her followers. The followers of this model would have high skills and knowledge, involved, cohesive, and uses

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