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4 Core Elements of Situational Leadership

The Situational Leadership® Model is perhaps the most recognize and effective leadership and influence tool in the history of the leadership training. Developed by Dr. Paul Hersey, the Situational Leadership® Model is a powerful, yet flexible tool that enables leaders of all kinds; managers, salespeople, peer leaders, teachers or parents to more effectively influence others.

Dr. Hersey’s original Situational Leadership® Model is based on the relationship between leaders and followers and serves as a framework to analyze each situation based on:

The amount of guidance and direction (task behaviour) a leader gives

The amount of emotional support (relationship behaviour) a leader provides

The competence level that followers exhibit in performing a specific task, function, or objective

Situational Leaders learn to demonstrate four core, common and critical leadership competencies:

Diagnose: “Understand the situation they are trying to influence”

Adapt: “Adjust their behaviour in response to the contingencies of the situation”

Communicate: “Interact with others in a manner they can understand and accept”

Advance: “Manage the movement”

The Situational Leadership® Model provides leaders with an understanding of the relationship between an effective style of leadership and the level of readiness followers exhibit for a specific task.

Situational Leadership®, which stresses flexibility and simplicity in execution, can equip leaders in your organization with the tools necessary to skillfully navigate the demands of an increasingly diverse workforce and evolving global marketplace. Infinitely adaptable to any circumstance, the model prepares leaders to address the most pressing challenges pervasive in today’s work environment.