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Fielder's Contingency Model & The Mental Model

Addressing business problems with the application of concepts such as mental models, and Fiedler contingency model. A discussion of Fielder's matching concept and the pre-existing feelings of mental models.

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Using Fielder's Contingency Model and Mental Models to address business problems. The textbook "The Leadership Experience, Second Edition" by Richard L. Daft. Copyright 2002 by South-Western. Mason, Ohio. Pages 80-84, 168-175 was used for reference in writing this article.

Fielder's Contingency Model is a fairly simple idea. The key is to be able to match the leader's style with the type of situation that is most favorable for the leader's success. According to Fielder, there are two basic types of leaders: 1) relationship-oriented and 2) task-oriented.

The relationship-oriented leader performs best when the situation may be vague and calls for a leader that has good communication and human relation skills. So an example might be for a situation when a leader needs to figure out why something ...

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This article discusses Fielder's Contingency Model of matching the leader's style with the type of situation that is most favorable for the leader's success. It also discusses understanding Mental Models; which can be thought of as preexisting feelings that determine how an individual sees the world. These feelings can induce biases, and should be recognized that they may paint a distorted picture.

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