As discussed above, the path-goal theory and the critical assessment there are practical lessons which can be drawn for the aspiring leaders (House, 1971). To a great extent, this theory provides that practical guidance. Here are the lessons for the aspiring leaders as per the above discussion:This theory helps in understanding the employees’ need and focuses on building a healthy relationship with the subordinates. Following this leadership, this trait is adopted which is really helpful. As it is seen above that for new product development case employee characteristics are understood first and then a leadership style is chosen.
For aspiring leaders, the different leadership style is also demonstrated. Like the supportive style discussed above, one can use participative style as well. Here the leader himself interacts more with the employees and discusses about associated challenges. The technical solutions are offered and considered as per the discussion.
Aspiring leaders can also have a goal oriented approach as discussed above and keep the motivation factor high among the employees. This gives them a good opportunity to enhance their skills and this ultimately leads to success of the project.
The leaders are more flexible in this approach as they can change the leadership style and behavior as per the situation. Therefore, this gives a flexibility option to the leaders who can adapt the employees as per the work environment and complexity of the requirement to get best out of them.
As we saw this theory is not the perfect one but has many benefits and works well in many situations.