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instrumental leader

Definition of Instrumental Leader

(noun) A leader focused primarily on accomplishing tasks.

Instrumental Leader Pronunciation

Usage Notes

  • Plural: instrumental leaders
  • A type of individual.
  • Instrumental leader is contrasted to expressive leader.
  • An instrumental leader uses an (nouninstrumental leadership style to lead.

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Works Consulted

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Cite the Definition of Instrumental Leader

ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “instrumental leader.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved August 22, 2019 (https://sociologydictionary.org/instrumental-leader/).

APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)

instrumental leader. (2013). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from https://sociologydictionary.org/instrumental-leader/

Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date – Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “instrumental leader.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed August 22, 2019. https://sociologydictionary.org/instrumental-leader/.

MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)

“instrumental leader.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2013. Web. 22 Aug. 2019. <https://sociologydictionary.org/instrumental-leader/>.