Situational Leadership for Dummies

Your Voice of Encouragement

It taught me some great lessons about authentic leadership. As an executive coach, I often work with clients to expand their leadership behaviors. As leaders we often get stuck within a narrow range of leadership behaviors.

Situational Leadership Theory


If you haven’t noticed it yet, most leadership theories build on the previous one. In the same manner, situational leadership theory builds upon contingency theory. Where contingency theory asserts that certain leaders work best in certain environments because of their leadership style, situational leadership theory argues that any leader can work best in any environment by changing their style accordingly. Intro to Leadership Theory.

28 Leadership Development Recommendations for your Individual Development Plan

Great Leadership By Dan

Welcome to the September edition of the Leadership Development Carnival ! Chris Edmonds , from Driving Results Through Culture , says that every leader needs to have " Serve my employees " as their #1 target in their individual development plan. So my development tip is this.

A Timeless Blueprint for Development

The Center For Leadership Studies

Not so for the levels model developed by Harvard professor Robert Katz in 1955. Executives – These are the comparatively few that occupy the top tier in the organization accountable for developing, orchestrating and implementing viable competitive strategy.

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Three Management Styles

Great Leadership By Dan

Guest post from Great Leadership regular contributor Paul Thornton: Management style greatly affects employees’ motivation and capacity to learn. As employees grow and develop they want the freedom to make their own decisions and solve their own problems.

10 Essential Leadership Models

Great Leadership By Dan

While there have been thousands of books written about leadership, there are a handful of leadership models that have served me well as a leader and leadership development practitioner. These are the tried and true models that have shifted my thinking about leadership and help create teachable leadership moments for others. Situation Leadership. Developed by Ken Blanchard and Paul Hersey, it’s a timeless classic. Servant Leadership.

25 Tips for New Managers

Great Leadership By Dan

?This post was recently published as a guest post on SmartBlog on Leadership : Congratulations, you’re now the boss! Learn “ Situational Leadership ”. SL is a must-have leadership framework for any manager. Spend time with each and every employee and get to know their jobs, career and development goals, hopes and dreams, strengths and weaknesses, likes and dislikes, the names of their children and pets, where they live, and anything else that’s important to them.

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A Moment of Reflection on 50 Years

The Center For Leadership Studies

I started working at The Center for Leadership Studies (CLS) in June of 1983, and I was so very honored to do so! We had a packaged program ( The Essentials of Situational Leadership ® ) that I was responsible for selling and, if need be, facilitating. There were no lists of training professionals you could purchase with up-to-date contact information for the person making leadership and management training decisions.

Using Intelligence Theory to Lead and Unlock Creativity

General Leadership and the General Leadership Foundation bring Leadership Advice from America's Most Trusted Leaders to You! Students of leadership are no strangers to the concept of situational leadership.

The Signs Of Provocative Leadership

Lead Change Blog

It was an amusing game at a leadership retreat, especially after a few adult beverages. The instructions were simply describe leadership as a highway sign and tell why. What should be the nature and practice of leadership in order for it to be effectively practiced?

Books that Most Changed my Leadership

Leadership Freak

Leadership Freaks who contribute to the Leadership Freak Coffee Shop on Facebook answered, “The leadership book that most changed my leadership is. Who Moved My Cheese by Spencer Johnson *Failing Forward by Maxwell *Bible Servant Leadership Spiritual Leadership by Oswald Sanders First, Break all the Rules Situational Leadership II by Ken Blanchard Strength Based [.].

Leadership: Assessing Organizational Health


Leadership in a business context is challenging because its effectiveness depends not just on a leader’s key traits but also on organizational decision making, competitive forces and constantly changing external situation. Leadership and Change: Build These Three Muscles.

Books that Most Changed my Leadership

Leadership Freak

Leadership Freaks who contribute to the Leadership Freak Coffee Shop on Facebook answered, “The leadership book that most changed my leadership is. Who Moved My Cheese by Spencer Johnson *Failing Forward by Maxwell *Bible Servant Leadership Spiritual Leadership by Oswald Sanders First, Break all the Rules Situational Leadership II by Ken Blanchard Strength Based [.].

The Puzzle – Building Effective Teams

Lead Change Blog

Step 3: Stages of Team Development. Identify the stage of development the team is in. Step 4: Leadership Behavior. We use the Situational Leadership ll model in conjunction with the Team Stages of Development.

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How the Imposter in You Can Derail Your Leadership

Lead from Within

How many times in your leadership have you wanted to move to the next level but heard something inside saying, “No, you’re not ready”? Here are five ways the imposter can derail your leadership: The imposter compares. Trying to please all is a no-win situation; leadership is not about pleasing people but empowering them—and that means sometimes pushing them to the edge of their discomfort zone. If you’re trying to please everyone you are doing harm to your leadership.

Courageously Creating Movement

The Center For Leadership Studies

Situational Leadership ® is, has been and will always be a task-specific model. It is the primary benefit associated with its appeal, as well as the primary source of its perceived limitations (“There’s a lot more to leadership than task-specific tactics.” ). The post Courageously Creating Movement appeared first on Situational Leadership® Training & Management Model by CLS.

10 Things I Learned from a Training Program That I Still Use Today

Great Leadership By Dan

?????. Kodak European Management Development Program. Situational leadership (how to adjust your approach based on the developmental needs of your employees). leadership programs training training programs2000, Lausanne, Switzerland (can you find me?). ?????

Turning the Levels Model Upside Down

The Center For Leadership Studies

For close to 40 years, we saw this model and perceived it to flow in this direction: The implications were subtly profound for those of us that designed and developed training. The overwhelming amount of the collective effort that went into development was dedicated to the event itself.

The Three Key Stakeholders for Learning Transfer

The Center For Leadership Studies

TRAINER – This includes not only the person delivering the live or virtual message of the training, but also all who have played a role in designing and developing the experience. The post The Three Key Stakeholders for Learning Transfer appeared first on Situational Leadership® Training & Management Model by CLS. Let’s face it – there is a lot of information out there.

Does Practice Make Perfect?

The Center For Leadership Studies

athletics, music, memorization, typing, leadership, sales, etc.). Here is a brief review of the principles associated with deliberate practice: A coach is required – This coach must be familiar with the abilities of expert performers in the field and how those abilities can be developed. appeared first on Situational Leadership® Training & Management Model by CLS. Tiger Woods won the Masters Tournament!

How to Respond to an Employee's Mistake

Great Leadership By Dan

A better approach is to step back, take a deep breadth, and look at each time an employee makes a mistake as an opportunity to lead and develop the employee. That's the time to practice situational leadership, and switch from coaching to teaching. Mistakes happens.

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Three Considerations for First-Time Managers

The Center For Leadership Studies

Like many authentic and insightful contributions to the field of leadership development, the book shines a spotlight on a pervasive dilemma in language all of us can understand. The notion that senior managers and directors, with enviable track records of well-documented success, might need to rethink and/or fundamentally alter the way they approach leadership is a sobering reality, but a reality nonetheless. Leadership is a thoughtful endeavor.

Should Leaders be Consistent or Flexible?

The Center For Leadership Studies

There are plenty of memorable soundbites that have been developed over the years intended to tell us what leadership is and how leaders are distinguished. For example: Leadership is an art as opposed to a science. Leadership is something you do with people, not to people. Assumptions/Predispositions/Mindset – Effective leadership emanates from a belief system or a set of values that could most succinctly be described as “people are good.”

There’s No Way I Have Time for All That!

The Center For Leadership Studies

One of the best performance management exercises ever developed is the real-time comparison. Beyond that, Situational Leaders can extend this exercise as a mechanism of pinpointing the performance needs of the employee for each thing identified. appeared first on Situational Leadership® Training & Management Model by CLS. It’s simple and it’s effective (probably has something to do with why it is “one of the best”).

Questions to Teach Leadership and Management

Great Leadership By Dan

Teaching and learning about leadership and management isn’t like teaching or learning math or science. There’s lot of room for interpretation, situations are complex and unique, and context always comes into play. That’s what makes leadership and management development so much fun.

Be a Better Leader – Be More Like Your Heroes!

Marshall Goldsmith

Paul Hersey, Co-creator of Situational Leadership®. Warren Bennis, Renowned Leadership Expert. Richard Beckhard, World Leading Organizational Development Consultant. Recently I was at a workshop with my good friend designer Ayse Birsel.

Contingency Theory


Maybe leadership isn’t about who you are, what skills you have or how you act. Maybe what defines effective leadership is about more than just you. This inquisitive contemplation brought forth the idea of Contingency theory, and moved the field of leadership theory forward by another drastic step. Developed by Fielder, Contingency theory examines the leader in conjunction with the situation the leader is in. Intro to Leadership Theory.

Leader-Member Exchange Theory


Leadership’s focus, then, should be on developing these dyads. As the relationship moves from stranger to partner, mutual trust, respect and obligation toward each other develops. It explains why leaders often develop “go-to” people and utilize their skills more than others. While it explains that mutual trust and respect develop as dyads progress, it fails to explain how or why this occurs. Intro to Leadership Theory. Situational Leadership Theory.

Using CoachingOurselves’ Peer-Coaching for a New Manager Program

Coaching Ourselves

By grouping new managers into peer-coaching groups and using CoachingOurselves modules, they can help one another through this critical transition, creating a community of practice and speeding up their professional development.

Communicate This and Stick it Here – Corporate Team Building Activity

Mike Cardus

Secondary objective is for the group to explore a complex process that requires mapping, planning, strategy, and situational leadership of each team member. The group will have 60 minutes to plan, prepare, and develop a process for placing the Communicate This puzzle into the grid.

Strengths-Based Leadership Theory


Strengths-Based Leadership Theory (also known as Strengths-Based Organizational Management or SBOM) is a method of maximizing the efficiency, productivity, and success of an organization by focusing on and continuously developing the strengths of organizational resources, such as computer systems, tools, and people. Strengths-based leadership theory is supported by over 30 years of research from the Gallup Organization and others. Intro to Leadership Theory.

Transformational Leadership Theory


Transformational leadership is a relatively new approach to leadership that focuses on how leaders can create valuable and positive change in their followers. James MacGregor Burns first introduced the concepts of transformational leadership when studying political leaders, but this term is now used when studying organizations as well. Burns described two leadership styles: transactional and transformational. Intro to Leadership Theory.

Leadership Basics | N2Growth Blog

N2Growth Blog

However in reflecting upon my presentations and client engagements, I’ve noticed that it’s not an infrequent occurrence to find that even the most savvy executives misconstrue certain basic leadership ideas. Can you recognize the leadership styles of others?

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Skills Theory


This meant that trait theory was not particularly useful for developing new leaders who lack those traits. The two primary theories to develop from a skills approach were Katz’sthree-skill approach and Mumford’s skills model of leadership. The three-skill approach argued that effective leadership required three skills: technical, human and conceptual skills. In this way, leadership is available to anyone. Intro to Leadership Theory.

Path-goal Theory


Path-goal theory is half leadership, half motivational theory. It was developed to explain how leaders motivate their followers toward a determined end. According to path-goal theory, leaders help followers be selecting a style of leadership (directive, supportive, participative or achievement-oriented) that motivates followers and helps them move toward the desired reward. Intro to Leadership Theory. Situational Leadership Theory.

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Trait Theory


Underlying this search was the early recognition of the importance of leadership and the assumption that leadership is rooted in the characteristics that certain individuals possess. So it is natural that the first systematic attempt t study leadership researched the traits of leaders. Every trait researcher ultimately had the same aim, do develop a definitive list of the traits of leaders. Intro to Leadership Theory. Situational Leadership Theory.

10 Leadership Battles – And How To Win Every One of Them

Terry Starbucker

Home About Me About This Blog Starbucker’s Amazon Store Ramblings From a Glass Half Full 10 Leadership Battles – And How To Win Every One of Them by Starbucker on November 1, 2009 In our quest to become great leaders we take on a constant stream of internal battles. This post was selected as one of the five best independent business blog posts of the week in my Three Star Leadership Midweek Review of the Business Blogs.

Style Theory


How leaders combine these two behaviors determines their leadership effectiveness. Both the Ohio State and Michigan studies sought to identify the best combination of the leadership behaviors (although each used differing terms). Their research leads to a myriad of research attempting to define leadership behaviors that worked in every situation. However, the results of this research are inconclusive, suggesting that there is not one best style of effective leadership.

Intro to Leadership Theory


Airport bookstores are crowded with books on leadership, and each one seems to promote a “leadership lack.” These books continue by laying out the authors’ simple framework for developing the perfect leader. On and on the dialogue goes to the point where readers become be confused because the 21 Unassailable Edicts of Leadership are different than the 7 Routines of Really Efficient Leaders. Leaders lack an understanding of leadership theory.

14 Leadership Studies – Quick Overview of Leadership


14 Fascinating Theories from Leadership Studies. If you’ve never delved into the field of leadership studies as a businessperson or college student , you really should. PARTICIPATIVE LEADERSHIP THEORY. SITUATIONAL LEADERSHIP THEORY. PATH-GOAL THEORY OF LEADERSHIP.

Leadership Style – Part I | You're Not the Boss of Me

You're Not the Boss of Me

And the answer doesn’t always come readily to hand because leadership style varies from person to person and from situation to situation. Here’s: Something to Read: Leadership and One Minute Manager by Ken Blanchard.

Best Leadership Books To Read In 2015

Eric Jacobson

Perhaps a book that will help you improve your leadership skills. A couple years ago, members of five groups on the professional social media web site LinkedIn voluntarily recommended their favorite books about leadership. Top Books About Leadership.

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Recommendations For Your Business Books Summer Reading List

Eric Jacobson

Perhaps a book that will help you improve your leadership skills. Awhile back, members of five groups on the professional social media web site LinkedIn voluntarily recommended their favorite books about leadership.

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