Directing, Coaching, Supporting & Delegating are what?
In last week’s post I explored three theories of leadership. My focus this week — Situational Leadership, from Paul Hersey and Kenneth Blanchard, — has been called by some the definitive leadership style. The Hersey-Blanchard model focuses on practical leadership development: the attributes and styles of the followers.
We are all different. We come from different backgrounds, cultures and have varying degrees of experience. We come to the workplace with different motivations and often with emotional baggage. As leaders we must not only be aware of our own motivation for doing things (our WHY) but also be open to understanding others. In my communications workshops I stress the need not only to understand our own STYLE of communication but even more importantly, to understand others’ STYLES and in fact, to move towards their style in our communication with them Communications experts call this “tailoring your message to your ‘target audience’.” Our role as leaders is to motivate and influence the followers, and you cannot do that if you don’t know their preferred style of communicating or their preferred leadership style.
The Situational Leadership model addresses four types of leadership styles, based on the follower:
The goal is to develop followers to the Delegating level as seen in the chart:
“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