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Answer the 2 questions below (Label both answers with Q1 and Q2):
1. In his analysis of the weaker points of path-goal leadership theory, Northouse states “this approach treats leadership as a one-way event: The leader affects the follower” (Northouse, 2016). As I was reading through the theory, I also picked up on this aspect and felt myself becoming annoyed by the one-wayness of the theory. Do you think there is a way to adapt this theory to be more reciprocal? How might you go about it? What might some of the other leadership theories discussed in this class (situational, skills, trait, behavioral) have to offer in this regard?
2. Given that the Path-Goal Theory requires communication between a leader and a follower for the leader to choose the best behavior to suit the follower, how can a leader use the Path-Goal Theory in a new work center where no prior relationships have been made?
Course Readings (please use for at least 2 of your sources):
Northouse, P. G. (2018). Leadership: Theory and Practice 8th ed. Los Angeles, CA: Sage Publishing
Chapter 6: Path-Goal Theory
Path-Goal Theory of Leadership: Lessons, Legacy, and a Reformulated Theory (Science Direct/Hunt Library)
Path-Goal Theory: A Successful Columbia Records Story (Taylor & Francis Online/Hunt Library)