Situational Factors of the Path-Goal Theory
* Subordinates' Personality
o Locus of Control. A participative leader is suitable for subordinates with internal locus of control; A directive leader is suitable for subordinates with external locus of control.
o Self-perceived ability. Subordinates that believe they have a high ability themselves, do not like directive leadership. Compare: Attribution Theory
* Characteristics of the environment:
o When a group is working on a task that has a high structure, directive leadership is redundant and less effective.
o When a highly formal authority system is in place, directive leadership can again reduce workers' satisfaction.
o When subordinates are in a team environment offering great social support, the supportive leadership style becomes less necessary.
According to House, there are four different types of leadership styles depending on the situation.
Four Leadership Styles (House)
1. Directive Leadership. The leader gives specific guidance of performance to subordinates. Compare: Theory of Needs
2. Supportive Leadership. The leader is friendly and shows concern for the subordinates.
3. Participative Leadership. The leader consults with subordinates and considers their suggestions.
4. Achievement-oriented Leadership. The leader sets high goals and expects subordinates to have high-level performance.