It Depends on the “Situation”

Situational  Leadership Styles

Let’s think about how your leader is leading your building. Which one of these situational leadership styles does your leader fall under? Base on the leader in your building should you adapt to the style of your leader or should your leader have to change their style base on the situation?

The style a leader uses under situational leadership is based upon combining levels of directive behavior and supportive behavior. You can think of directive behavior as an order and supportive behavior as providing support or guidance. Hersey and Blanchard focused on four different leadership behaviors based on the levels of directive and supportive behavior:

Telling/Directive is where the leader demonstrates high directive behavior and low supportive behavior: This particular style of leadership may be referred to as micro- management as the leader is very involved and closely supervises the people who are working. The leader is the one making the decisions and informing others in the organization of the decision.

Selling/Coaching is where the leader demonstrates high directive behavior and high supportive behavior: The leader is involved in the day-day activities, the decisions still ultimately lie with the leader, and however, input is requested from the employee before the decision is implemented. This style works well with those who are inexperienced and still learning.

Participating/Supporting is where the leader demonstrates low directive behavior and high supportive behavior: While the leader still provide some direction, the decisions ultimately lie with the follower. The leader is there to provide feedback and increase their confidence and motivation with praises and feedback for the task completed. Those who work well under this style of leadership have the necessary skills but lack the confidence or motivation to achieve them.

Delegating/ is where the leader demonstrates low directive behavior and low supportive behavior: This leadership style is where the leader is involved the least amount with employees. The employees are responsible for choosing the task and the directions they will take. The leader is still involved but on a much lower level than other situational leadership styles. Little supervision is required.

Now I ask the question again.Base on the leader in your building should you adapt to the style of your leader or should your leader have to change their style base on the situation?

Blanchard, K. H. and Hersey, P. (1997)

 

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