Analysis Of Hersey 's ' Life Cycle Theory Of Leadership '

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PAGE 1 • This theory is described by Hersey-Blanchard as a style adopted by successful leaders who change their leadership style depending on the situation, the task in hand and the team 's age, experience and the capability of the leader. • This is a flexible approach which can motivate and inspire future leaders (Goleman, 2000). • Adaptability is the key factor to success when using a situational approach. (Spahr, 2015). • “by constantly using situational leadership proven model and powerful techniques, leaders can develop and retain competent, motivated, confident employees” (Blanchard, 2013) Situations where Situational leadership may be used in ELCC settingsThis is a good style to use in the ever changing life/ environment of the…show more content…
“As a team’s freedom increases, the manager’s authority decreases” (Tannenbaum & Schmidt, 1973) Notes In 1958 Tannenbaum and Schmidt devised this continuum to identify seven distinct leadership and management styles. The Tannenbaum and Schmidt Continuum recognises that the chosen leadership style depends on a variety of factors, including the leader 's personality and the perceived qualities of the staff. It also allows for "situational" factors such as urgency in leadership and decision-making. By understanding this continuum, you can see the different leadership styles and which leadership style might be most appropriate and effective in a given situation. TELLS (directing) The Leader identifies problems, makes decisions, informs staff and expects implementation. SELLS (selling) The Leader still makes decision, but attempts to overcome any potential resistance through discussion & persuasion. CONSULTS (participating) The Leader identifies the problem and presents it to the group. The leader then listens to any suggestions given by staff before making a decision. JOINS (delegating) The Leader defines the problem all ideas & decision-making are made by the group (which manager is part of). The situational style can be very effective and is a style that I have used in previous roles. However, my concern with this style is that if you continuously change your leadership style staff may become confused and unsure of your
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