Theoretical Leadership Philosophies

he purpose of my writings is to assist people with personally developing themselves to lead a healthy life mentally and physically. With the advancements of technology the deliverables of communicating information has been more prevalent than ever before.

The fact of the matter is; we indeed live in what we call the “information era”. Information is being provided in various forms such as: displays, social networks, iPods, blackberries, various creative technological gadgets, PC’s etc. Never before has there been such a phenomenal movement of people paying to purchase information. Information is being treated as a product and people are in search for answers to their bewilderment.

If you are seeking answers to those issues that cause delays to your progress then you are looking for certain qualities that will separate you from the followers. That being the case; it is important to review those variables that will elevate you to that higher level of leadership and success personally, professionally and financially. I mean let’s face it; though money and finances are not “everything” it sure does help to make things happen for those you would like to help and lead. Let’s assume for a moment that you are the type of person that chooses to be successful for the purpose of being one who does have intent to help others. If you are that type of person, then finding the right information to equip you with the theoretical knowledge to help others must be gathered.

Now that we have gotten that out of the way let’s take a look at what is the make-up of a leader. I don’t believe that one has to be a hero or a trend setter just to be a leader. I also don’t believe as some have said the “Great Man” theory in leadership. You see times have changed and leadership comes in all shapes and sizes. Leadership today has no gender requirement; nor cultural perquisites of some sort. Years ago it was unheard of to observe female leaders in high ranking positions in the military today it is not far from the ranks of colonel, and generals and women in high levels in the private sector to the public sector such as the Supreme Court, Governor’s and U.S. Senators.

I am with the contention that the information era will produce a new sector of theory based leadership; that will be part of the current terms and theory leadership philosophies. It will now have to be included along with the theory of “trait leadership theory”. In others words were the traits of our leadership skills “inherited”? If so, then why do we at times have people who may have inherited certain leadership skills yet aren’t leaders? While we can grapple with the various leadership theories in place along with the variables connected with them; we nevertheless must review the other leadership theories bestowed upon us such as “Contingency leadership theory”. Again, the issues of information input; in theory formulation involves variables such as methods, skills of people being led (followers), and the surrounding circumstances, i.e. what is the situation.

Contingency theory is manifested through setting determination and/or environmental; one must ask who the best leader for a particular situation is? My information era leadership theory again is at the helm of playing a role in the basket of leadership theories and one that must be included in scholarly dialogues. In my view there are not many separating issues between contingency leadership theory and “Situational leadership theory”. The similarities lie with the matters of the various forms of decision making processes.

The information era leadership theory will reap most of its benefits by collaborating with what is called the “Behavior Leadership Theory”. This is a leadership theory that has the philosophy that leaders are taught to be leaders not born with it but rather tutored along to become leaders.

If we analyze the situation closely we can identify that the information era leadership theory will be most helpful to “participative leadership theory”. Participative leadership theories depend on information and are a perfect fit for the two to collaborate for the purpose of leadership development in applying it to decision-making processes. This is the leadership style of participation, openness, all ideas are good ideas and leave no stone unturned. Participative leadership theory and information leadership theory are a perfect fit for a positive progressive and explosive leadership manifestation.

If you would like more from Dr. Richard C. Baiz, D.B.A. on Personal and Leadership Development [] and his Leadership Institute click on the the link provided: []. Dr. Baiz is a Doctorate in Business Administration. He is a College and Corporate Personal and Leadership Development Instructor and Coach. Dr. Baiz is also an expert in the field of Organizational Development and Management and gets his clients top notch successful results.

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