• Unit 2: Leadership Theory

    People have studied leadership since ancient times, and theories of leadership have been around for centuries (Plato, Sun Tzu, Machiavelli, and so on). However, it wasn't until the 20th century that modern theories began to take shape. Today, researchers study leadership the same way that they study other aspects of psychology: they seek to get a better understanding of people's behavior and motivation. 

    The problem with some of these theories is that they tend to contradict instead of complement each other. They seek to identify one set of rules or behaviors that turns someone into a leader. The reality is likely a combination of all the theories and some ideas that have yet to be defined. It is best to study these theories with an open mind and understand that they each have their own merits. Remember that emphasis should not be placed on any one theory.

    Completing this unit should take you approximately 19 hours.

    • 2.1: Trait Theory

    • 2.2: Behavioral Theory

    • 2.3: Situational Leadership

    • 2.4: Skill-Based Leadership

    • 2.5: Visionary Characteristics

    • 2.6: Transformational Leadership

    • Unit 2 Assessment