Path Goal Theory Of Leadership Essay

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Bedford-Stuyvesant Project & Path-Goal Leadership Linda Glover BUS691: Strategies in Organizational Leadership Dr. William Adams February 13, 2012 Bedford-Stuyvesant Project & Path-Goal Leadership The contemporary leadership issue I have chosen is Senator Robert Kennedy's 1966 Bedford-Stuyvesant ghetto regeneration project. At one time this neighborhood was the largest ghetto in the United States (Monomi, 1973). This was a neighborhood with many low income families and high crime rates. Kennedy rallied businesses as well as people of the community to work together to turn the neighborhood around. I chose this venture because Robert Kennedy displayed the path-goal leadership style in this project. In the Bedford-Stuyvesant ghetto regeneration project, Kennedy combined a participative, supportive and achievement oriented style of leadership. In sponsoring the Bedford Stuyvesant ghetto regeneration project, Kennedy also inspired businesses and foundations along with the residents of the Brooklyn ghetto to come together to improve the conditions of the neighborhood. According to Schlesinger (1978) Kennedy utilized a system of tax credits to businesses that were willing to invest financially into the Bedford-Stuyvesant project. Robert Kennedy motivated his followers as well as business leaders by presenting the goals and directions he wanted to take with this project. This project continued after his death in 1968, and is still alive and well today. It can be said that Kennedy's personal style of leadership motivated his staff and other business leaders to want to help the people of the ghetto of Bedford-Stuyvesant in Brooklyn, New York. Path-goal Leadership Theory The path-goal leadership theory was proposed by the American psychologist Robert House. According to Rowe and Guerrero (2010) leaders hold inspiration on subordinates’ ability to

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