Critics towards Contingency Approaches

Contingency theory, although having several strengths, generally falls short in trying to explain why leaders with certain leadership styles are effective in some situations but not others. It is also criticized that LPC scale validity as it does not correlate well with other standard leadership measures. Contingency theory alsofails to adequately explain what should be done about a leader/situation mismatch in the workplace (Northouse, 2007, p.118-120).



Sirje Virkus, Tallinn University, 2009