This article explains leadership theory and style and why knowing about leadership theory and style is important.


Studies of the qualities or behavioural patterns of excellent leaders have led to the development of Leadership Theory. 
The six main leadership theories are;
  1. The great man theory.
  2. The trait theory.
  3. The behavioural theory.
  4. The transactional theory or management theory.
  5. The transformational theory
  6. The situational theory.
Studies on leadership theory have identified many different leadership styles. Knowing your leadership style and understanding leadership theory can help you identify your strengths and weaknesses. Using a particular leadership style to suit the situation may result in better outcomes for you and your team. Common leadership styles include: