Application Of Situational Approach For Teaching Leadership Style

1923 WordsJun 7, 20158 Pages
Application Situational Approach This theory is one of my favorites, especially in regards to my challenge of bringing individuals together. The luxury of the situational approach and the flexibility of being able to adapt my leadership style to various situations are instrumental in the success of the group. The practicality of this approach, and ease of use, makes this style of leadership invaluable in the application of directive or supportive roles towards group members in diverse situations. During our live squad training, it is important to use a more directive approach for newer members. Clear and concise direction is needed to maintain stability and cohesion within the group, and to provide focus towards accomplishment of mission objectives. “To determine what is needed in a particular situation, a leader must evaluate her or his employees and assess how competent and committed they are to perform a given task” (Northouse, 2012, p. 99). On the other hand, our mid-level ranked, and more experienced members; require less direction, and more of a supportive role. Our highest ranked and most experienced members do not require much support or direction; these are our more highly developed members; our D4s. Followers in the D4 category require a leadership style to match; the S4, or delegating. These members are the easiest to work with. The value of having the flexibility to adapt to various situations on-the-fly is instrumental in the success of our training,
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