Let’s face it, leadership is something that is certainly hard to understand especially for the leader who is helping subordinates succeed. There are many different factors that affects on what type and how the leadership is used for guidance of next steps especially workplace environments. The choice of environment cannot be chosen all the time but a great is always adjusting themselves to ensure they are able to provide all the needed options for success. The motivational factors is also something that is hard to achieve when both sides are experiencing different feelings on the level of motivation is needed to accomplish their goals.
Path-goal theory is something that shows how a leader motivates its followers to accomplish their goals which in turn helps with increasing employee performance and satisfaction on the organization’s levels (PSUWC, 2020). This goal theory leadership type can be very beneficial in workplace environment since the leader looks for a leadership type that is going to work out on the opposite party to increase their motivation. There are certainly different types of motivational factors such as giving recognition, small monetary rewards and scheduling workplace events to celebrate the individual, but path-goal theory motivation is different since it’s through leadership perspective.
Even though the overall goal is to increase the employee’s motivation and satisfaction so they are able to more productive, the path-goal theory is based on specifying leader’s style or behavior that best fits the employee and the work environment to achieve a goal (Northouse, 2016). It is understood that not all leadership styles are same from every leader, but it is also understood that not all leadership style is used in every situation also. It is all about finding the perfect balance to figure out the leadership style that is going to work the best to increase motivation. If the path-goal theory handled incorrectly then it can also cause the individuals to lose focus. This leadership theory does use few different leader behaviors options such as direct leadership, supportive leadership, participative leadership and achievement-oriented leadership (PSUWC, 2020).
Even though path-goal theory leadership is based on each and every individual, the situation and motivational factor is different among everyone. The theory also states that leaders will have to engage in the leadership behavior situations depending on the nature and demands for a particular situation and this was displayed clearly when I used to have mentor with one of my previous employment. The leadership direction from my mentor was different towards me versus one of the other group members since my goals were different than theirs. I can say for sure that the motivational factor for me to do well not only for myself but for the organization was much higher than some of the other members.
I did have a certain focus including achievement factors on my goals I had it assigned. As stated by Northouse that path-goal theory assumes leaders are flexible enough to change their style as needed from different situations to ensure employee focus in each particular area (Northouse, 2016). I know we have choices in decisions we made that affects out workplace environment, but a great leader is also helping us after finding out what we want, and they help us achieve it. Effective leaders are always there for every individual to ensure they achieve their goals and their journey to achieve those goals is clearly aligned with their vision.
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