Little Research to Backup Situational Leadership
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.
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.