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Situational Leadership

Many leadership theories were developed and studied during the last century, but no single approach to leadership has been identified as the best method for all situations. Leadership is “the ability of an individual to influence, motivate, and enable others to contribute toward the effectiveness and success of the organization. . . ” (House et al. , 1999, pg. 184) Victory will go to the organizations that maintain their flexibility, continually improve their quality, and beat their competition to the marketplace with a constant stream of innovative products and services.

After years of lackluster performance, Boeing realized it needed to change its business model. The result was its 787 Dreamliner and a return to being the world’s largest airplane manufacturer. Similarly one key to the success of a manager is their ability to switch, or flex, styles as conditions change. This is commonly referred to as “situational leadership. ” Every organization has a variety of work force, different type of contingencies and every situation calls for a different type of approach.

There cannot be a fixed solution for a similar type of problem. Yes but definitely there can be a combination of previously derived solutions to solve an issue. That’s the reason higher management’s know the worthiness of recruiting experience persons. This approach leadership is successful in both, the existing work environment, or the specific needs of the business. The effective manager is able to utilize multiple leadership styles as conditions change.

A off beam leadership style can lead to frustration for both the manager and the worker. Ironically, it is actually the manager’s inability to recognize the most effective leadership style, or refusal to switch styles, that is really the cause of an ineffective workforce. Strengths * This approach emphasizes the uniqueness of each manager and situation. * This approach is directive and flexible in nature. * Leadership implies change, and Situational, Leadership is based on adaptation to change. Situational Leadership is clearly defined, easy to apply and logical. * Leaders using this approach will be honest with clear communication skills and will also have a good judgment. WEAKNESS * Sometimes this approach is treated to be in a very general mode, based on which organizations cannot make long term goals/ mission statements. * As every situation calls for a different approach, it may be difficult to convince large groups where the level of diversity limits common action. For Example

In an organization, the newest team member is likely to have great enthusiasm for the project, but may not have perfected the skills required for its first task. This individual would need more direction than motivation in the beginning. As that individual mastered the task, much less direction would be required, but more motivation might be required to stave of boredom as the task became repetitive and unchallenging. At that stage, the leader would need to reassess the new task/relationship balance and adapt the amount of direction and support required for the new situation.

Hence Situational leadership recognizes and values differences among team members, plays to the individual’s strengths and nurtures and works to develop their weak areas. Conclusion Situational leadership in an organization is really nothing more than teaching managers how to recognize the strengths and weaknesses of each leadership style, and how this knowledge can be applied to a given work situation. It’s also important for managers to recognize their intrinsic leadership style, because that will often be the style they will fall back into in times of stress.

Successful leaders in any organization are able to quickly recognize the correct style to apply in a given situation. They make use of that style to achieve superior business results. Regardless of the model or theory used to describe leadership styles, flexibility is the key to success. Reference 1) http://www. ncsu. edu/csleps/leadership/Resource%20-%20Situational_Style. htm 2) Yukl, G. (2010). Leadership in Organization (7th ed. ). Upper saddle River , NJ: Pearson Education.

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