#13: Situational Leadership

This learning byte focuses on the work of Hersey and Blanchard who described four styles of leadership, each with varying degrees of people and task focus.

Participating - LOW TASK/HIGH PEOPLE

Delegating - LOW TASK/LOW PEOPLE

Selling - HIGH TASK/HIGH PEOPLE

Telling - HIGH TASK/LOW PEOPLE

Doing the right thing for the right people at the right time is key to success when using the Hersey and Blanchard leadership styles.

Understanding when each style is appropriate and learning when to “flex” your style is a powerful leadership tool.

Think

  • When is it appropriate for you to adopt a direct “telling” style? (e.g. when there is a crisis and time is of the essence, when you have someone new into he role who quite clearly needs to be told certain things).
  • When is it appropriate for you to adopt a direct “telling” style? (e.g. when there is a crisis and time is of the essence, when you have someone new into he role who quite clearly needs to be told certain things).
  • What examples can you think of recently where a supportive style would have been more appropriate than perhaps the one you adopted?
  • When is it useful to use the delegating style? (remember you can DELEGATE using ANY of the four styles you just need to adapt your style to each situation that presents itself.