Leadership and a Continuum Model

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What is Leadership as a Continuum Model of Leadership?

This model was proposed by Robert Tannenbaum and Warren Schmidt, who detailed numerous leadership styles ranging from highly-autocratic to very laissez-faire. The styles include:

  • Leader makes the decision and communicates it to subordinates.
  • Leader makes the decision and convinces subordinates as to its validity.
  • Leader seeks input from subordinates before making the decision.
  • Leader makes preliminary decision subject to change based on subordinate response.
  • Leader presents issue, takes inputs, and makes decisions.
  • Leader defines the rules or limits and allows the group to make decisions.
  • Leader leaves group with autonomy to make decisions within limits.

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