ESMT Case Study

Leadership styles

ESMT Case Study No. ESMT-413-0140-1
Subject(s): Human resources management/organizational behavior
Keyword(s): leadership, leadership styles

The six vignettes in this case present situations that call for the application of one of the six leadership styles: coercive, pacesetting, authoritative, affiliative, democratic, and coaching. The vignettes, each demonstrating a correct, incorrect, or possible use of a particular style, can be used in class for the purpose of developing students’ leadership style, diagnostic skills, as a group discussion material, or as test material for post-class examination. Each of the vignettes is a generalized experience story based on examples shared by participants in executive education programs run over the course of the author’s eight years of teaching the leadership styles model as presented by Goleman (2000) at a leading European business school. The vignettes have been tested within the context of MBA and executive MBA programs, and executive education courses for high potentials, middle managers, and board level executives.

This is a set of six vignettes designed to help undergraduate and graduate students, as well as participants in executive education programs, understand the differences in use of six different leadership styles identified by the work of Litwin and Stringer (1971) and further popularized by Goleman (2000), Goleman, Boyatzis, and McKee (2013), and the Hay Group (2009).

Teaching note Yes
Also available in Russian, German
Length 6p
Industry Manufacturing
Geographical setting Europe
Size 10,000 employees
Setting period 2013
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