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ESMT Case Study

Recognizing leadership styles

ESMT Case Study No. ESMT-419-0181-1
Human resources management/organizational behavior
Leadership styles, leadership, leadership development
This is a set of six vignettes (presented in a paper version and in a video version) designed to help undergraduate and graduate students, as well as participants in executive education programs recognize the differences between six leadership styles identified by the work of Litwin & Stringer (1971) and further popularized by Goleman (2000), Goleman, Boyatzis, & McKee (2013), and Korn & Ferry (2017). The vignettes present employee descriptions of their superior’s behaviors that are indicative of one of the six leadership styles: directive, visionary, affiliative, participative, pacesetting, and coaching. The vignettes, each describing a typical application of a particular style, can be used in class for the purpose of developing students’ leadership style diagnostic skills, as a group discussion material, or as test material for post-class examination.
This case study contains a video that is available with English, Chinese and Russian subtitles.
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