Leadership Paradigms Term Paper by DLKeeler

Leadership Paradigms
An overview of the three basic types of leadership paradigms.
# 153652 | 1,183 words | 5 sources | APA | 2013 | US
Published on Aug 12, 2013 in Business (Management) , Business (Human Resources) , Philosophy (General)

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The paper discusses three basic types of leadership paradigms; the natural systems, open systems and rational systems paradigms. The paper details each of the systems, provides examples of the types of industries where the systems can be found and points out specific organizations that use the systems. The paper notes that organizations tend to operate under one particular paradigm, but can move from one to another depending upon the situation.

Basic Types of Paradigms

From the Paper:

"The Natural Systems Paradigm is characterized bythe collective nature of the organization (Scott and Davis, 2007). The paradigm is a behavior-based theory that focuses on real organizational goals in opposed to those "in print." Natural Systems focus on the individual's goals rather than the specific organizational goals (Scott, 2003).This system is not as rigid as the Rational Systems Theory and provides more room for creativity and innovation.
"Advantages.Organizations that operate under the Natural Systems Paradigm tend to be more agile and adaptable than those who operate under the Rational Systems Theory and areconstantly developing as an organization.
"Disadvantages.Organizations who practice under the Natural Systems paradigm can be often distracted by external behaviors. Because the organization is overly focused on the customer's needs, they may inadvertentlyabandon their own corporate goals. As such, come overarching goals may become unclear to employees and efficiency and morale may suffer accordingly because the employees no longer have a sense of accomplishment or may worry that they are not meeting the goals."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • General Dynamics (2013). Corporate Overview. Retrieved from http://www.generaldynamics.com/about/corporate-overview.
  • Kuhn, T.S. (1970). The Structure of Scientific Revolutions, 2nd. Ed., University of Chicago Press.
  • Pinchback, G. (2005). Personal conversation during Master's Degree program at Webster University.
  • Scott, W. R. and G. F. Davis (2007). Organizations and Organizing: Rational, Natural, and Open Systems Perspectives, Pearson Prentice Hall.
  • Tosi, H. L. (2009). Theories of Organization.Thousand Oaks: SAGE Publications, Inc.

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