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What the Situational Leadership Model Says About Behaviour

Situational Leadership deals with leadership behavior. What does this Model say about leadership behavior?

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1. Situational Leadership deals with leadership behavior. What does this Model say about leadership behavior?

The Situational Leadership method was proposed by Kenneth Blanchard and Paul Hersey. It postulates that leaders/managers must use different leadership styles depending on the situation. In other words, the situational model of leadership allows leaders to analyze the needs of the immediate situation that presents itself, and then use the most appropriate leadership style for that specific situation. As well, the leader considers employee's competence with a task, and then depending on employees' competences in their task areas and commitment to their tasks, the leader matches her or his leadership style that, therefore, varies from one person to another. Based on this model, the leader can lead the same person one way in some situations, and another way at other times. (www.sayeconomy.com/situational-leadership-by-kenneth-blanchard-and-paul-hersey/).

More specifically, Blanchard and Hersey distinguished leadership style in terms of the amount of direction and of support that the leader gives to her his followers. To represent this, they developed two matrices: one describing the leadership behavior: telling/directing; selling/coaching; participating/supporting and another for the followers behavior that are also developmental (High Competence, High Commitment; High Competence, Variable Commitment; Some Competence, Low Commitment; Some Competence, Low Commitment) (see the matrixes description at the end of this response for ...

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