Personal Motivations And Leadership Styles In Organizational Settings

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An extensive body of literature exists relating personality, motivation, and leadership. Unfortunately, attempts to relate personality traits and motivations to leadership behaviors have produced mixed, confusing, and generally disappointing results. Relative dearth of clear and consistent findings in this area may, in part, reflect significant confusion regarding definitions of leadership. While leadership in these studies is often conceptualized as either unidimensional or the product of a very small set of dimensions, there is extensive evidence to suggest that leadership is both complex and multifaceted. In addition, the terms leadership behavior, leadership emergence, and leadership effectiveness are often used interchangeably. Behaviors one engages in when in a leadership role are certainly not synonymous with the emergence of leadership or the ultimate effectiveness of these behaviors.