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Lecture 3

01:713:202 Lecture Notes - Lecture 3: Situational Leadership Theory


Department
Organizational Leadership
Course Code
01:713:202
Professor
Dr.Michelle Jefferson
Lecture
3

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Lecture 3 - Chapter 5 - Situational Approach
A. Situational Leadership
Different situations require different types/styles/kinds of leadership
An effective leader will be able to adapt his or her style based on the needs of the given
situation including the the development of the followers
Comprised of 2 Dimensions
Directive behaviors (task)
Supportive behaviors (relationship)
Recall the 4 basic styles of leadership
Directive Behaviors
Establishing goals
Setting timelines
Defining roles
Clarifying responsibilities
Supportive Behaviors
Asking for input
Solving problems
Praising
Sharing information
Listening
Supporting
High supportive
Low directive (Country Club)
Coaching
High supportive
High directive (Team)
Delegating
Low supportive
Low directive (Impoverished)
Directing
Low supportive
High directive (Authority-
Compliance)
B. How does it work?
The leader must asses the given situation and ask the following questions
What is the task?
How hard is it?
Are the followers capable?
Are the followers motivated?
(The answers will determine which style to use in the given situation based on
development of the followers.)
Ex: Rutgers Men’s Basketball
To win a game
Pretty hard
Yes
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