path goal theory

  

Definition

Leadership concept that the subordinates accept a leader's behavior only so far as they view it as resulting in immediate or future benefit. Thus, a leader's main function is to 'clear a path' to the realization of the subordinates' goals; he or she must choose the behavior patterns that are most applicable in helping the subordinates get what they want.

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  • In line with the path goal theory, the executive positions of the ski company were reluctant to follow the advice of the CEO until they knew exactly what they would be gaining from such allegiance.

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  • I followed the path goal theory to the "T," so that my team members would be able to quickly and effectively meet their goals without interference.

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  • Our company's path goal theory has been drilled into our heads, it goes as follows: integrity first, service before self and excellent in all we do, our leader show try to lead by example in every way.

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