Lesson 5: The Art and Science of Situational Leadership Skills

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Leadership Skills


The objective of this lesson is to equip learners with an understanding of Situational Leadership, a leadership style that adjusts to the needs of the team and the specifics of the task at hand. Through this lesson, learners will be able to discern when and how to apply various leadership approaches, balancing the structured, science-based principles of leadership with the intuitive, artful aspects necessary for adapting to dynamic situations. By the end of this lesson, participants should be able to effectively analyze team competence, assess task complexities, and apply the most appropriate leadership style to lead teams to success in diverse scenarios.

Comprehensive Content Overview:

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Situational Leadership is predicated on the belief that there is no single “best” style of leadership. Effective leadership varies with the task in question and the maturity of the people being led. The model delineates four primary leadership styles:

  • Directing (S1): High directive and low supportive behavior..
  • Coaching (S2): High directive and high supportive behavior..
  • Supporting (S3): Low directive and high supportive behavior..
  • Delegating (S4): Low directive and low supportive behavior..

Each style corresponds to an individual or group’s developmental level:

  • D1: Low competence, high commitment..
  • D2: Some competence, low commitment..
  • D3: High competence, variable commitment..
  • D4: High competence, high commitment..

In-depth Explanations with Actionable Insights:

Directing (S1) involves a high level of task behavior and low relationship ...

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