Situational Leadership Theory

1119 WordsJul 17, 20185 Pages
Situational Leadership Theory Since there is no special or one precise type of leader, numerous leadership styles and theories have surfaced. This is because a different situations require different type of leadership styles. In many occasions, leadership theories help to predict the best leadership style to employ in a particular situation. This essay seeks explain why situational leadership theory is useful and relevant in developing an effective leadership culture. It is this writers hope that it can be used as a how to guide to enable managers to be more successful. Basics The basics of situational leader ship theory is that there is no one best style of leadership. One should choose the best leader ship style according to different…show more content…
This life cycle theory of leadership. It states that new employees need more task orientation then relationship. Whereas a mature employees can succeed with mutual respect and trust. The higher the relationship the easier it is for a manager to lead more in a relationship focus vs task orientation. Advantages This theory is useful and relevant because it considers the level of competency of the workers and the details of the task. Leaders using this style ensure that they do not focus more on the task without understanding the relationship with the people they lead. With this style leaders are capable of doing their jobs successfully because leaders communicate, participate, sell their message to get people on board, delegate and monitor the progress (Fairholm&Fairholm, 2009). This leadership style take into account all workers do not have the same strengths and weaknesses. Hersey and Blanchard reason that leaders become more effective when their leadership style is based on the maturity of the workers they are leading (Van, 2005). This style remains effective when developing an effective leadership culture because leaders begin by identifying those they lead. It also determines whether the followers or the groups are skilled, willing to perform a given task. Leaders must always use the style that best fits the competencies of those that are leading. Limitations Allen, Plunkett and Attner (2013) stated that unfortunately this theory does not
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