A leadership model provides a process or framework for learning, applying, and adapting leadership for given groups, organizations, or situations.

The oldest type of thinking about effective leadership. Logically, 'Trait-Based' leadership models focus on identifying the traits of successful leaders.
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Trait-Based Leadership Models - An Overview An overview of various trait-based leadership models, including those outlined by Carlyle and Galton; Stogdill; Kouzes and Pozner.
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Trait Theory - Carlyle and Galton An overview of the trait-based leadership models outlined by Carlyle and Galton during the 19th century. 
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Trait Theory - Ralph Stogdill A challenge to traditional trait-based leadership styles, as outlined by thought-leader Ralph Stogdill. 
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Trait Theory - Kouzes and Posner The Trait Theory of leadership as outlined by Kouzes and Posner. Outlining the theory and its basis. Helping to develop knowledge of the theory of traRead More
'Behavioural Ideals' leadership models concentrate on what researchers believe are the most effective behaviours as a leader. The notable model in this category is Blake and Mouton's Managerial Grid.
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Behavioural Leadership: Managerial Grid - Blake and Mouton Behavioural styles of leadership, as outlined by Blake and Mouton. Developing an understanding of behavioural leadership styles.
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6 Qualities of a Great Leader The major qualities of a great leader - applicable to both work and life. Understanding what makes a great leader and using this knowledge to developRead More
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10 Misconceptions about Leadership A few major misconceptions outlined surrounding leadership, for both work and life. 

'Situational' (or 'Contingency') leadership models are based on the idea that the leader's actions should vary according to the circumstances he or she is facing - in other words leadership methods change according to the 'situation' in which the leader is leading. This category includes most notably: Kurt Lewin's Three Styles model; Tannenbaum and Schmidt's Leadership Continuum model; the Fiedler Contingency model; House's Path-Goal theory; Hersey and Blanchard's Situational Leadership® model; and Bolman and Deal's Four-Frame model.

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Situational/Contingency Model: An Overview An overview of Situational/Contingency models of leadership, their core beliefs and why they are important for leaders.
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Leadership Styles (3-Style Model) - Kurt Lewin The 3-style model of leadership from Kurt Lewin, understanding and using the model to understand styles of leadership.
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Contingency Model - Fred Fiedler Contingency model of leadership, as outlined by Fred Fiedler.
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Path-Goal Theory - Robert House Path-Goal theory of leadership, as outlined by Robert House.
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Situational Leadership Model - Hersey and Blanchard Paul Hersey and Ken Blanchard first published their Situational Leadership® Model in their 1982 book, Management of OrgRead More
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Reddin's 3D Leadership Model Bill Reddin's 3D Leadership Model is a simple framework for utilising leadership styles in various situations in order to maximise effectiveness.
Functional types of leadership models focus on what the leader has to do. Unlike the Behavioural Ideals approach, Functional leadership models do not suggest ideal ways of behaving, nor do they match behaviours to circumstances like Situational/Contingency theory. Instead, Functional leadership models focus on the action areas that a leader must address to be effective. The most notable Functional models are John Adair's Action-Centred Leadership, and Kouzes & Posner's Five Leadership Practices.
The Integrated Psychological leadership model is so called because it integrates the thinking behind the four other leadership models sub-groups, while also addressing the leader's inner psychology, which tends not to be considered in other more traditional or conventional types of leadership models. James Scouller's Three Levels of Leadership model arguably pioneers this category. Scouller's model can be regarded as a relatively new view of leadership.
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Integrated Psychological Leadership Models An overview of existing models of integrated psychological leadership.

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