Strengths of Style Approach

The style approach has several positive contributions to the leadership research:

  • The style approach broadened the scope of leadership research to include the behaviours of leaders and what they do in various situations.
  • A wide range of leadership style studies validates and gives credibility to the basic tenets of the approach and offer a viable approach to understanding the leadership process.
  • These studies have identified the core of the leadership process consisting of two major types of behaviours: task and relationship.
  • The style approach is heuristic in providing a broad conceptual map that is worthwhile to use in attempts to understand the complexities of leadership. based on this approach, leaders can assess their actions and determine how they could improve their leadership style (Northouse, 2007, p.78-79).


Sirje Virkus, Tallinn University, 2009