Ldr 531 Situational Leadership

804 Words4 Pages
Situational Leadership
Research on leadership is a subject that has been approached in many different ways. Theories on leadership can be classified according to the type of variable that is emphasized the most. Three types of variables relevant to these theories include (1) characteristics of leaders, (2) characteristics of followers, and (3) characteristics of the situation (Yuri, G., 2010). In the textbook Leadership in Organizations, Yuri, G. classifies these theories into the following five approaches: (1) the trait approach, (2) the behavior approach, (3) the power-influence approach, (4) the situational approach, and (5) the integrative approach. This paper briefly discusses the situational approach of studying leadership.
…show more content…
L., 1997). It seems that in an attempt to avoid criticism, Hersey and Blanchard (1988) explicitly declare that their Situational Leadership approach is not a theory. Instead, they say it is "a practical model that can be used by managers, salespersons, teachers or parents." The theory, as with others, cannot possibly encompass the behavior of leaders in multiple organizations and situations. The theory, or model, takes a more objective way of evaluating leadership behavior, when in fact, there are inherent subjective characteristics of leadership that can affect leadership styles and effectiveness.

SLT in an Organization
This type of leadership behavior can be seen in some branches of the military where senior officers have to lead both military and civilian personnel, consequently requiring flexibility in their leadership styles. The writer has had the experience to lead both types of personnel at the same time and therefore can relate with the theory’s approach.

Yuki, G. (2010). Leadership in Organizations (7th ed.). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall.
Johansen, B. P. (1990, Spring). Situational Leadership: A Review of the Research. Human Resource Development Quarterly, 1(1), 73-85.
Hersey, P., & Blachard, K. (1982). Management of Organizational Behavior: Utilizing Human Resources (4th ed.). Englewood Cliffs, NJ:

More about Ldr 531 Situational Leadership

Open Document