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Path-Goal and Situational Theories of Leadership

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There is no guarantee for success for any person in a leadership role. It is not uncommon for a leader who has met success in one leadership role and environment to encounter an experience where his or her leadership becomes ineffective. As a result of various factors within situations, success may not be tied to the style of the leader. Various factors might include the situational context in which leadership is applied or the level of member motivation. For example, in Situational Theory, a leader may be effective because his or her style of leadership fits the situation. A leader may also be effective because of his or her ability to motivate subordinates. As outlined in Path-Goal Theory, a leader removes obstacles and provides support to subordinates to achieve goals.

For this Discussion, review the Learning Resources to consider the strengths and limitations of using the Path-Goal Theory of leadership in health care administration situations. Path-Goal Theory is widely debated in terms of its validity in leadership practices. As a result, for this Discussion, you must determine if you think Path-Goal is a valid theory of leadership. Then, think about how Path-Goal Theory compares to the Situational Approach Theory of leadership and consider an example of this comparison.

ANSWER THE QUESTIONS

1. A brief description of two strengths and two limitations of Path-Goal
Theory, as applied in the field of health cares administration.

2. Then, compare Path Goal Theory to the Situational Approach Theory of
leadership field of health cares administration . Be specific.

3. Finally, explain whether Path-Goal Theory is a valid theory of leadership field of health cares administration. Justify your response.

USE THE FOLLOWING REQUIRED RESOURCE REFERENCES ONLY:
House, R. J. (1971). A path goal theory of leader effectiveness. Administrative Science Quarterly, 16(3), 321–339.
Retrieved from the Walden Library databases.
Luna, B. A., & Jolly, J. (2008). An analysis of the nuances and practical applications of situational leadership in the management and administration of international health care organizations. International Journal of Business and Management, 3(5), 18–25.
Luna, B.; Jolly, J., & Canadian Center of Science and Education. (2008). An Analysis of the Nuances and Practical Applications of Situational Leadership in the Management and Administration of International Health Care Organizations. International Journal of Business Management, 3(5), 18-25. Retrieved from http://www.ccsenet.org/journal/index.php/ijbm/article/view/1497. Licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.

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