Leader-Follower interactions are a big part of the psychodynamic approach. The psychodynamic approach gives no styles of followers that better suit styles of leaders, but states that the response of subordinates to the actions of leaders is predictable to some extent. A connection can be made to the skills approach because the predicting and fine tuning of actions to resonate best with followers can be considered a human skill. Human skills in Katz’s leadership model are skills with working with people. A leader choosing his actions wisely to have the best effect on his followers is his skills with working with people–his followers. The psychodynamic approach gives five ego states for leaders and followers. They can either be in the controlling parent, nurturing parent, adult, free child, or adapted child state. Each ego state corresponds to a different way of reacting to outside stimuli. A skilled leader should know which ego state his or her followers are at before acting. For example, if his followers are mostly in the nurturing parent state, then it would be wise to trust his followers to help each other, so the leader doesn’t need to spend his time helping followers. If his followers are mostly in the free child state, it would be wise not to make too many intrusive or bureaucratic actions, as his followers are very rebellious. In short, in psychodynamic theory, a leader can demonstrate skill by knowing the personality types of his followers and act accordingly.

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