Little Research to Backup Situational Leadership

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Little Research to Backup Situational Leadership
Brian O'Neill, UK
The SL model is appealing in its simplicity - hence, probably its attraction as a training model - but there is very little research evidence to support it. The formula it offers managers is a fairly dodgy promise. I would challenge your assertion that leadership is not primaily about decision-making - why isn't it? Read the literature - Vroom, Tannenbaum and Schmidt, Yukl . . . etc. Leadership is many things, it isn't just about inspiring people.

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David, USA
Brian, I agree with your thoughts on leadership, which is so much more than inspirtion and strategic thinking. In regards to your thoughtrs on the lack of reasearch for Situational Leadership, I believe it was derived from the research of (House, 1971; House & Mitchell, 1974) which was referred to as the path-goal theory of leadership, which states that a leaderís job is to help the work group attain the goals that they desire. Of course with the millions of mangers who utilize this approach, I would question if some research doesn't now exist.

Situational Leadership is Foundation
James L Mileur, Career Consultant, United States
Since my exposure to SL, it struck me as the foundational leadership/management principle that everything else builds on. Certainly not the end-all, but neither is the foundation of a building; but try constructing a building without that simple piece of the project.



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