Contingency, Charismatic and Transformational Theories


This paper briefly explores the application of contingency, charismatc and transformational theories to the leadership of a health care organization. Theories that explain leadership effectiveness while facing situational variables that either enhance of nullify the leader’s traits are called contingency theories (Yukl, 2006c). Charismatic theory refers the followers’ perception of a leader. The leader arises during a social crisis and offers a radical vision that solves the crisis. Follows who believe, and experience some success in the vision are attracted to the leader (Yukl, 2006a). Transformational theory refers to the appeal to ethical and moral values in order to motivate followers to reform institutions (Yukl, 2006a).

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