This section is a reflective application of theory to personal life situations. Two personal life situations are explored here in conjunction with leadership theories, one is that of an academic experience and the other is an internship experience.
Leadership theories can be grouped into four based on the way they can be applied (mindtools, 2014). The first is what is called the trait theory. 1) The trait theory is based on the premise that it is the type of person that will dictate the leader. Trait theories therefore suggest that the personality of the leader such as the qualities of assertiveness, extroversion versus introversion, likability, inter personal communication and more that will guarantee success for a leader. However these traits are motivated from internal behavior and this leads to the presentation of behavioral theories. 2) The Behavioral theories focus on the behavior of the leaders. Based on their behavior they can be classified into different types. The Autocratic leaders are one type that will behave independently when making a decision. They will not consult their teams and team agreement is not essential for the autocratic leader. The Democratic leader on the other hand will work with the team, allowing them to put forward their input when making a decision. Here team agreement would be necessary. The Laissez-faire leadership is a style where the team may work with one another in a way where the team makes most of the decisions; however this is a style where the leadership behavior and leading is quite under presented. 3) Contingency theories on leadership define leadership based on the situation handling that is required for the organization. The situational leadership as suggested by Hersey-Blanchard is a contingency theory.