Lewin’s ‘Participative Leadership’, House’s ‘Path’, and Bass’ - 99090

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Part One

There are myriads of leadership styles to which leaders can adhere to, to accomplish success and pave the way for the success of the entire organization. Among such theories there are three specific theories following which a leader can definitely experience success in the long run. And these three leadership theories are: Lewin’s ‘Participative Leadership’, House’s ‘Path-Goal theory’, and Bass’ ‘Transformational Leadership theory’.

After a long-drawn study on different types of leadership, psychologist Kurt Lewin found out that the most effective leadership style is the participative one. Lewin suggested that through participation with peers and subordinates, a person can emerge as a good leader and can become capable of accomplishing the individual and organizational goals. This style of leadership denotes the effort on the part of a leader to offer guidance to group members and simultaneously participate within the group work allowing input from other group members (Cherry, n.d.). Interestingly, a participative leader is more inclined towards encouraging group members to participate but at the same time the leader retain the final say in respect of decision-making (Cherry, n.d.).

Initially developed by Robert House, the path-goal theory is based upon two other theories – goal-setting theory and expectancy theory (Mart