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Leadership TheoryShaimika JonesWaldorf UniversityLeadership TheoryFor the leadership theory project, I will work with the behavioral leadership theory.  According to the behavioral leadership theory, leadership is not inherent rather it is an aspect that can be learned. The behavioral theory is based on the notion that behaviors can be conditioned in relation to specific stimuli (Robbins & Judge, 2019). Such is acquired through interactions with the environment and the responses to the stimuli in the environment. There are three types of leadership styles that can fall under the behavioral leadership theory among them autocratic leadership, democratic leadership and laissez-faire leadership (Tannenbaum, 1961 ). I think that the behavioral leadership theory can be applied to my current place of work since the leadership style can be tailored to specific situations. As a person working in construction the work environment is often characterized by rigid rules, and control is mandatory as a means of keeping people out of harm. In such a scenario, autocratic leadership would be effective where the leaders could be responsible for making all major decisions without necessarily consulting with the peers of company teams (Behrendt, Matz & Göritz, 2017). The behavioral leadership theory can be used to improve organizational behavior and increase diversity in organizations specifically through the application of the democratic leadership style. The democratic leadership style is one where the leaders work with their employees to make decisions, this will help the employees to feel valued, to have a better ownership sense and to feel motivated hence resulting in higher productivity (Yukl et. al., 2019). In relation to application of the behavioral leadership theory there are two possible research questions that I would investigate:1. How can the behavioral leadership theory be used to maximize on employee productivity?2. Is the behavioral leadership style positively and significantly related to job performance? ReferencesBehrendt, P., Matz, S., & Göritz, A. S. (2017). An integrative model of leadership behavior.The leadership quarterly,28(1), 229-244.Robbins, S. P., & Judge T. A. (2019).Organizational behavior[VitalSource Bookshelf version] (18th ed.). Retrieved fromhttps://online.vitalsource.com/#/books/9780134729749Tannenbaum, R. (1961).Leadership and organization : a behavioral approach. New York : McGraw-Hill.Yukl, G., Mahsud, R., Prussia, G., & Hassan, S. (2019). Effectiveness of broad and specific leadership behaviors.Personnel Review.