The relationship between Leadership Style and the Organization Life Cycle were examined using literature review and a case study. Leadership Style models were reviewed and the common characteristic of participativeness, the relative amount of delegation of decision-making, was used instead of one of the models. Similarly, models of the Organization Life Cycle were reviewed and concentration placed on the oscillation of the organization‘s processes, practices and structure from periods of relative order to periods of relative disorder, known as the balance of chaos. The case study of a small business was compared to these characteristics and used to support the conclusion that the characteristics of participativeness and balance of chaos have an inverse relationship. As disorder increases, participativeness decreases and vice versa. These observations are supportive of previously documented findings and suppositions.
Leadership Style and the Organization Life Cycle
Rochelle J. Bayers
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