C‌‍‍‍‌‍‍‌‌‍‍‍‌‍‍‍‍‌‍‍ritical Reflection of Situational, Path-Goal, Transformatio
C‌‍‍‍‌‍‍‌‌‍‍‍‌‍‍‍‍‌‍‍ritical Reflection of Situational, Path-Goal, Transformatio
C‌‍‍‍‌‍‍‌‌‍‍‍‌‍‍‍‍‌‍‍ritical Reflection of Situational, Path-Goal, Transformational, and Adaptive Leadership Approaches One of the more widely recognized approaches to leadership, the situational approach, focuses on leadership in different situations. The leadership style must be altered or adapted to different workers' requirements and situations for the leaders to be effective (National Policy Board for Educational Administration, 2020). The path-goal approach focuses on enhancing worker performance and satisfaction by choosing behaviors and providing information and rewards to increase worker motivation. One of the current and more popular leadership approaches, the transformational approach focuses on transforming workers and entire organizations through confident, charismatic, and visionary leadership by addressing worker motives, needs, and emotions while strengthening trust and confidence. The adaptive approach focuses on leaders who prepare, support, motivate, and mobilize workers to effectively adapt to challenges and change circumstances. These leadership approaches are concerned with how the leader reacts to the workers. These leadership approaches represent dispositions and behaviors aligned with PSEL that help effective leadership. Individuals in leadership roles need to employ a beneficial leadership approach for their era and involved stakeholders. Kniffin and Patterson (2019) explained the transitions from divergent periods to today; the post-industrial era emphasizes human capital, the interactions between people, and data. The work is necessary regardless of race, color, creed, socioeconomic status, experience, roles, responsibilities, position level, and physical limits locally, nationally, and internationally (Kniffin & Patterson, 2019). Leaders utilize the approach that complements their leadership traits, skills, and behaviors that align with the task, followers, and desired outcomes. However, as the world changes, organizational demands require leaders to engage in styles that are creative, strategic, result-oriented, people-centered, and not entirely leader-centered. This week's assignment allows you to explore situational, path-goal, transformational, and adaptive leadership approaches and how you might utilize this information to benefit your leadership style and philosophy. Think of how far you have come in this course as well as in your personal and professional lives. How can you still strive for improvement? Review what you have learned this week below: The Situational Approach Situational leadership allows leaders to assess situations and adjust their leadership style to fit the circumstances. This approach gives leaders the adaptability to move from one leadership style to another, depending upon the requirements of the educational organization. The Path-Goal Approach The path-goal approach of leadership allows leaders to support their followers by making the path clear and easy. This ‌‍‍‍‌‍‍‌‌‍‍‍‌‍‍‍‍‌‍‍approach gives direction, removes all roadblocks, and provides rewards along the way. The path-goal approach also considers the needs of the followers by providing a friendly work environment. The Transformational Approach The transformational leadership approach focuses on the basic needs and desires of the followers, thus inspiring solutions and creating a better educational environment. The transformational leadership approach provides followers with a leader that is not afraid to lead by example. Transformational leaders are positive with motivational qualities that entice followers to be excited about coming to work. The Adaptive Approach The adaptive leadership approach is one of the approaches that focus on a leader's internal characteristics, the skills they possess, their behaviors, and the ability to support others. The approach is characterized by the idea that leaders are concerned with empowering followers to adapt or change to the challenges that are faced to accomplish whatever task is at hand. References Kniffin, L. E., & Patterson, R. M. (2019). Re-imagining community leadership development in the post-industrial era. Journal of Leadership Education, 18(4), 188-209. National Policy Board for Educational Administration. (2020). Professional standards for educational leaders 2015. Author. Assignment: This week, you will prepare a narrated presentation using the audio/video capturing tool. Analyzing situational, path-goal, transformational, and adaptive leadership approaches can help you understand how to improve your leadership style. Assume you have completed relevant professional development and must report your findings to your leader and colleagues. Prepare a narrated presentation to address the following: * Briefly explain each of these four leadership approaches in the context of PSEL standards reviewed earlier in this course. * Assess the strengths or benefits and potential weaknesses or limitations of each of these four leadership approaches. Use examples from your experiences to highlight your thoughts. * Describe the characteristics of a successful transformational leader you have experienced. * Predict how you will effectively apply these four leadership approaches within an educational setting of interest. Length: 5 to 7-minute narrated presentation with a minimum of 12 slides, not including title and reference slides. You may include your transcript in the Notes section of each slide or submit it as a separate Word file. References: Include a minimum of 5 scholarly resources. The completed assignment should address all of the assignment requirements, exhibit evidence of concept knowledge, and demonstrate thoughtful consideration of the content presented in the course. The writing should integrate scholarly resources, reflect academic expectations, and current APA standards, and adhere to Northcentral University's Academic Integrity Policy‌‍‍‍‌‍‍‌‌‍‍‍‌‍‍‍‍‌‍‍.

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