Effective Leadership Styles

  •  Kavitha Sethuraman    
  •  Jayshree Suresh    


On Leadership there are various theories developed. One amongst them is a personality trait theory which is built on inherent internal characteristics. There is no one answer on “Do inborn preferences influence leadership style?” There are tools like Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) to measure the leadership traits. The personality types influences the leadership styles which leads to appropriate, under or over leading and the readiness of the followers to receive the direction. An effective leadership style can be developed on the basis of understanding of the situations. This paper develops a conceptual model about the relationship and an empirical study. Data was collected from managers trained in Situational Leadership which consisted of an independent training on Meyers and Brigs type indicator to understand their preferences and a 360 degree feedback on their leadership styles .The results confirmed the modern theory that leadership is not only inborn but can be developed if one focuses on the inborn preferences.

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