Situational Leadership Strategy

Nov 19, 2021 · 2 min read · Leave a comment
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Situational Leadership Theory is a model created by Paul Hersey and Ken Blanchard in 1969. It describes a leadership style that is adapted to a direct report depending on the unique individual or situation, with no one style being better than another.

Hersey and Blanchard grouped leadership styles into four behaviors:

Depending on the individual and the task at hand, it’s necessary to adapt your leadership approach in order to be the most effective leader possible.

I have built on top of this model as I adapt my leadership style based on specific circumstances.

The following factors inform my approach to managing an individual in a specific situation:

These are also not complete tradeoffs. A combination of any number of these factors help determine my approach. For example, I may choose to more heavily weight a team member’s state of mind if I know that they recently experienced a personal hardship and the task does not have great urgency–even if I have a high level of emotional engagement.

It’s important to note that while this list outlines key considerations that inform my management style, it doesn’t mean that I choose the most effective approach in a particular instance.

For more information on Situational Leadership and you can adapt your own leadership style, check out the book Management of Organizational Behavior by Paul Hersey, Ken Blanchard, and Dewey Johnson.

“Learn how Sid Sijbrandij delegates using situational leadership.” – Sid Sijbrandij

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