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Situational Leadership Model

Study the situational leadership model (see Blanchard & Hersey, 1996). How do the needs and maturity of followers affect leaders' motivational strategies? What must leaders understand about their own basis for motivation to effectively lead and motivate others? How do variances in task and relationship characteristics impact motivational strategies? In this discussion, also share how these topics are operationalized in your work and leadership responsibilities.

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Situational Leadership Model and Affect of Need and Maturity of Followers
As per the situational leadership model, a leader should have to be flexible and adaptable, so that he can change his style as per the maturity level of his followers. Basically this leadership model influences the behavior of leader on the basis of task and relationship (Marturano, 2007, p. 152). As per this theory, people have different types of needs and maturity levels. Therefore, to handle different maturity levels, a leader should be able to use different types of leadership styles. Both leadership style and maturity level is presented in appendix 1. According to this appendix 1, at different maturity levels, a leader's motivation strategy should be different, so that all kinds of people can work willingly and perform very effectively (Cancelleri, 2007, p. 34).

For instance, if the maturity level of follower is M2, a leader should implement the Selling style, a more persuasive leadership style, to motivate their followers. This will improve their skills and abilities and to make them willing to work hard to fulfill their responsibilities. By developing good relationships it would be easy for the leader to develop willingness among the followers and task oriented behavior will enable them to improve their knowledge, confidence and way of achieving their goals (Martin, 2006, p. 61).

Leaders Understanding About Their Own Basis for Motivation to Effectively Lead and Motivate

In order to effectively lead and motivate others, it is imperative for leaders to understand their own approaches of working and leading. The leading approach of a leader should comprise four different functions, which as directing, supporting, coaching and delegating the followers (Marturano, 2007, p. 152). Firstly, leaders should understand about his way to direct people as per their nature. Leader should identify the skills and potential of a candidate to do a particular task ...

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The expert examines situational leadership models. The needs and maturity of followers affecting leaders`motivational strategies are determined.

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