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Fiedler's leadership theory

Discuss the three situational determinants in Fiedler's leadership theory that allow a leader to determine the favorableness or unfavorableness of a situation for leading.

Give a specific example of how each of these determinants would work in a specific business situation of your choosing.

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1. Discuss the three situational determinants in Fiedler's leadership theory that allow a leader to determine the favorableness or unfavorableness of a situation for leading. Give a specific example of how each of these determinants would work in a specific business situation of your choosing.

Fielder's leadership theory is referred to as Contingency Theory, which was a refinement of the situational viewpoint. It focuses on identifying the situational variables which best predict the most appropriate or effective leadership style to fit the particular situation and circumstance. (http://www.leadership-studies.com/documents/mgmt_standards.pdf) In fact, according to Fiedler, there are three situational determinants that could define the condition of a managerial task including:

1. Task structure: Is the job highly structured, fairly unstructured, or somewhere in between?

For instance, leaders "in a highly routine (mechanistic) environment where repetitive tasks are the norm, a relatively directive leadership style may result in the best performance, however, in a dynamic environment a more flexible, participative style may be required." (http://www.leadership-studies.com/documents/mgmt_standards.pdf)

2. Leader member relations: How well do the manager and the employees get along? (see exmaple below)

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Discusses the three situational determinants in Fiedler's leadership theory that allow a leader to determine the favorableness or unfavorableness of a situation for leading. It also provides a specific example of how each of these determinants would work in a specific business situation. References are provided.

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