Leadership Theories and Approaches


According to Kurt Lewin, all leaders fall into three basic categories: autocratic, participative, and democratic. I would describe my current supervisor as basically autocratic in her demeanor, although in a moderately benevolent way. I work as a respiratory therapist in a hospital. My supervisor must ensure that patients are seen in a timely fashion, and that all medical personnel comply with basic safety regulations. She oversees scheduling of the various personnel who work on the ward, and is in charge of dealing with any conflicts that might ensue between employees and also between employees and patients.

My supervisor tries to be fair, but her 'word is law.' This is partially because she is dealing with the potential for serious complaints, if hospital dictates are not followed. It is essential that patients are treated in a respectful manner. Also, there are certain protocols that must be...
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