Commitment in Blanchard's Situational Leadership II Model
Jaap de Jonge, Editor, Netherlands
Note that Blanchard's situational leadership II model uses the terms "competence" (ability, knowledge, and skill) and "commitment" (confidence and motivation) to describe the 4 levels of development.
In the Blanchard SLII model, the belief is that an individual starts with a new task or role with low competence (knowledge and transferable skills) but with high commitment.
As the individual gains experience and is appropriately supported and directed by a leader he/she reaches development level 2 and gains some competence, but his commitment drops because the task may be more complex than the individual had originally perceived when he began the task.
With the direction and support of a leader, the individual then moves to development level 3 where competence can still be variable—fluctuating between moderate to high knowledge, ability and transferable skills and variable commitment as he continues to gain mastery of the task or role.
Finally, the individual moves to development level 4 where both competence and commitment are high.