Commitment in Situational Leadership

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Jill Gilby, New Zealand

Commitment in Situational Leadership

The commitment to actually applying SL is crucial, but is often variable. It depends upon the job and the senior management. Inconsistent management by senior management of their staff will cause yo yo commitment at the middle management level.
Although somewhat simplistic, the Hersey Blanchard model serves perfectly for the amount of starting managers and poor managers in the workplace attempting to get it right.


Jaap de Jonge
Editor, Netherlands

Situational Leadership Requires a People Attitude and Perseverance

I agree that commitment is important to become an able situational manager. You might also consider using "Attitude" and "Perseverance":
  • ATTITUDE: You have to be interested in other people and inclined to help them succeed. Otherwise you will be unwilling or unable to adjust your leadership style to what is optimal. Note that the mentioned inclination could be based on a form of altruism, but also on well-understood self-interest (increased span of control, freed up time for other things).
  • PERSEVERANCE: Although situational leadership is partly innate, the concept and its assumptions, advantages and pitfalls also must be understood theoretically in detail and then developed further through practical application, preferably under some form of situational (!) guidance or coaching. This whole process requires determination and commitment for it to be successful. Especially since - if we're not careful - we naturally regress to our dominant leadership style.

Jaap de Jonge
Editor, Netherlands

Commitment in Blanchard's Situational Leadership II Model

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