Brian J King Assignment12 - Leadership Models - CTE 675
Brian J. King - C&TE 675 - 24 April 2008
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Developed by Hersey & Blanchard (1969) based on Reddin’s 3D
management style theory.
As the name implies the basic premise is that different situations will
require altered leadership styles.
SL stresses that leadership has both a directive & a supportive
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Different situations require altering your leadership style as a
leader based on the development level of your
Effective leaders are those that can recognize what their
employees need and then adapt their leadership style to
meet their subordinates needs.
Both supportive (relationship) and directive (task) are
assessed as well as the development level of your
subordinates to makeup the overall situational leadership.
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Strengths of Situational
Has stood the test of time
Most leadership methods are descriptive, tells you what you should do in certain
Reminds leaders to treat subordinates differently based on the task at hand.
Will allow you as a leader to help a subordinate move through the development level
Will also make the leader more respected and the subordinate more committed
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Criticisms of Situational
Only a few research studies have been completed to justify the
assumptions and propositions that the SL method utilizes.
No clear way described to correlate commitment level with
competence to form the 4 levels of development.
Fails to account for demographic characteristics and how they
inﬂuence the leader and subordinate interactions.
Does not fully address the issue of one-to-one versus group
leadership across the whole organization.
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Analyze the development
level of your subordinates
Modify your leadership
style through s1-s4 to ﬁt
the needs of your
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so what, who cares, what’s in it
Important to understand the needs of your subordinates and to
alter your leadership style to ﬁt them.
Utilizing situational leadership will make your life easier and your
subordinates will be more dedicated and developed.
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Culture of Peace. Retrieved April 22, 2008, from Culture of
Peace Web site: http://www.cultureofpeace.ca/SLII_Poster.jpg
Northouse, Peter (2007). Leadership: Theory & Practice.
London, England, UK: Sage Publishing Company.
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