Review this list of 13 books on leadership models, and find out more about each one by reading
summaries or reviews online or by browsing in a bookstore.
The book that resonates with you and interests you the most, and read sections of it to get a better
sense of its theories and approaches.
Address the following Questions:
- Reflect on the leadership style that resonates with you and why.
- Relate the leadership style to specific attention to the congruence of values and motivators
between the leadership model and your own.
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There are various leadership styles suitable for different individuals and situations. These
leadership styles play a key role in the growth of the leader and the organization. Effective
leaders adopt the right style that meets the needs of the organization.
Among the six ‘emotional intelligence’ styles of leadership, the leadership style that
resonates with me is visionary. I am a person that always wants to take the organization forward.
Many organizations require a sense of direction at various situations and this requires that a
leader be visionary to be able to achieve the set goals (Goleman, Boyatzis & McKee, 2004). I
believe that giving people an opportunity in an organization to be creative and innovate will
propel the organization to achieving its goals and objectives.
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This leadership style requires a leader to have specific values and motivators. The leader
is expected to be positive when addressing changes and challenges that come in their way. The
leaders must as well be a go-getter and a risk taker to stir the organization forward to achieve the
goals set. The leaders must as well exhibit good behaviors by leading as role models (Goleman,
Boyatzis & McKee, 2004). The goals and aims of the organization need to be stated and should
be clear to provide direction for the organization. Other leadership models have some
relationship with visionary style I embrace in my Leadership. One of the models is the three
skills approach. Three skills approach including technical, conceptual and human skills.
A leader is required to be a good problem solver and have the ability to assess situations
and make appropriate decisions (Goleman, Boyatzis & McKee, 2004). Furthermore, a leader
must have human skills to create conducive working conditions in an organization. The
relationship between various stakeholders is important to triggering achievement of an entity.
The model therefore rhymes with the visionary leadership styles, as it as well requires that
leaders use their skills and capabilities to provide leadership and move the organization forward.
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Goleman, D., Boyatzis, R. E., & McKee, A. (2004). Primal leadership: Learning to lead with
emotional intelligence. Harvard Business Review, 79(11): 42-51.