The Effectiveness Of Situational Leadership Theory

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The Effectiveness of Situational Leadership Theory
Leaders must face various situations effectively. How leaders address the situation is an area of leadership with a lot of theories and research. One of those theories is Hersey-Blanchard’s Situational Leadership Theory. “Situational Leadership Theory proposes that effective leadership requires a rational understanding of the situation and an appropriate response” (McCleskey, 2014, p. 118). The Life Cycle of Leadership was the original term for Hersey-Blanchard’s Situational Leadership Theory (Thompson and Glasø, 2015). Because of the need to apply the proper response to a situation, it is no surprise that situational leadership includes four leadership styles (Thompson and Glasø, 2014). However, the theory continues to expand as more research is gathered. For example, situational leadership theory began as a task-oriented versus people-oriented leadership style (McCleskey, 2014, p. 118). As a task-oriented versus people-oriented leadership style, situational leadership is a behavioral theory, which states that no leadership style is the best; instead, the style must reflect the readiness of the subordinates in a given situation (Mehta, 2012). Furthermore, there are four levels of readiness (Mehta, 2012). The goal of situational leadership is to create a leader-follower match based on leadership styles and subordinate readiness (Luo and Liu, 2014). According to Furtado, Barista, and Silva (2011), the components of…
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