A Review Of Hersey-Blanchard’S Situational Theory. Leadership

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A Review of Hersey-Blanchard’s Situational Theory Leadership is a complex topic and researchers have spent a considerable amount of time trying to determine what makes them effective. While traditional research focused on the leader and their traits, contemporary research is focusing on many other variable, providing a more comprehensive understanding of what it to takes to be a leader. Individualized leadership is a concept that has gained momentum as of late. Daft (2015) describes individualized leadership as, “a leader that develops a unique relationship with each subordinate or group member, which determines how the leader behaves toward them.” (p. 52). Another emerging study is that of the Situational Leadership model which…show more content…
Supporting Style The ‘supporting style’ is similar to that of the coaching style; however, it is more relationship and development focused. Leaders use this style when time is not a competing factor, which allows leaders more time to develop their subordinates by getting their input on task accomplishment (Daft, 2015, p. 70). This technique is best suited in a garrison-training environment, especially when there is need to develop team leaders. Entrusting Style The ‘entrusting style’ relinquishes most decision making and authority over to the follower. (Daft, 2015, p. 70). The Follower The above described the leader’s actions, as mentioned previously and the widening scope of original theories takes place. Now, the followers are just as important in this equation. One of the contingencies that this method accounts for is their readiness. Draft (2015) states the following, “leaders diagnose a follower’s readiness and select a style that is appropriate for the readiness level, such as the follower degree of education and skills, experience, self-confidence, and work attitudes.” (p. 70). Low Readiness Contingency Leaders utilize this contingency when the follower has little or no experience; the leader has to micromanage every minute detail and direct their subordinates regularly (Daft, 2015, p.71). In the Army, soldiers in the rank of private through private first class
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