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The Case For Situational Leadership Models And Theories
There are literally over a hundred leadership theories and models. One reason is that human beings are social. It's part of our evolutionary advantage, and social systems require some means of organizing, and leaders emerge naturally as part of that need for structure.
That doesn't mean those emerging leaders are effective or good, but it does account for our fascination with effective leadership since, probably, the dawn of time. And, hence, all these models.
Situational Leadership Most Applicable Approach
Situational leadership (Hersey and Blanchard, and others) suggests that rather than having a single style or approach to use across people, organizations, and situations, effective leaders flex to take into account the realities of the specific context.
Regardless of the specifics of the Hersey-Blanchard Model (it's a little bit simple, which is a hallmark of Blanchard's work), the notion of FLEXIBILITY is probably the single most fruitful path for understanding how to become a better leader.
- While we tend to believe that each of us acts consistently according to our values, beliefs, and so on, that in fact is incorrect. We constantly alter how we communicate, how we deal with conflict and how we make decisions depending on the situation, and who is involved. We interact differently with strangers than with our spouses, for example. We're smart that way, so it makes sense to understand leadership within the context of "variability" and flexibility of human interaction.
- The importance of context and fit also account for situations where "great" leaders succeed in one context, but fail miserably in another context. CEO's may excel, then fail elsewhere, then succeed again. Steve Jobs is a great example. This cycle of success and failure when context changes is explained by the notion that it's very difficult for many leaders to adapt to, and modify their own styles and approaches. Even the good ones.
Start With Learning About Situational Leadership
While it's always good to understand a number of models and theories, perhaps the best place to start is to learn as much as you can about how to flex style, and approach.
Below are a number of resources you will find useful.
Situational Leadership Resources, Tips, And Advice
Hersey-Blanchard Situational Leadership Theory By na
Excellent and detailed explanation of the Hersey-Blanchard model, explaining the different styles, and also talks about pro's and con's. Recommended. (Added: 2-Sep-2014 Hits: 630 )
Overview of Situational leadership Models By Australian Public Service Commission
Overview of the Hersey-Blanchard model and the Vroom-Yetton contingency model, both of which are based on flexing to context and situation. Contains very short critique. (Added: 2-Sep-2014 Hits: 609 )
Situational Leadership Model for Military Leader By Colonel Donald Waddell
A really indepth article that is oriented towards military leaders, but is an excellent read for anyone wanting to understand situational leadership. (Added: 2-Sep-2014 Hits: 413 )
Understanding the Situational Leadership Model and Flexible Leaders By Kristina Dems
Short article on situational leadership, a good starting point for getting more in depth understanding of this powerful and modern approach to leadership for our complex world (Added: 7-May-2012 Hits: 1259 )
What is the Situational Leadership Theory? By Melinda Longoria
In depth, and excellent explanation of situational leadership theory, including videos, links, and everything you need to take situational variable into account in your leadership. (Added: 3-Sep-2014 Hits: 635 )
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