House’s Path Goal Theory. As per servant leadership theory, leadership is not viewed as a position of power. Rather, leaders act as coaches and facilitators to their subordinates. According to House’s path-goal theory, a leader’s effectiveness depends on several employee and environmental contingent factors and certain leadership styles.
Path-Goal Theory of Leadership. The Path-Goal Theory of Leadership is a model which proposes that a leader should change their leadership style depending on their situation.
At it’s most basic, the leader will adopt a style (path) based on their situation with the aim of achieving an objective (goal). Robert House originally developed Path-Goal theory in 1971.