In Situational Leadership, the Leader Determines the Situation

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In Situational Leadership, the Leader Determines the Situation
Graham Williams, Management Consultant, South Africa, Premium Member
Trouble with Situational Leadership is: the model relies on the manager or leader to be the sole determinant of the employee's "ready, willing and able" status (whether or not we are aware of it). A bossy (Editor: ~ordening) boss. Especially in high pressure, urgent deadline times, this can easily lead to the manager undermining the employee (the subsidiarity trap), 'telling', over "managing". Quite militaristic and arrogant and old-style in many ways. So the SL model should mainly be used as a guideline for discussion between bossy leaders and their subordinate.
SL is also heavily weighted to TASK, far less so to RELATIONSHIP. This implies that those with a dominant / aggressive style will "take to" the model more readily than those with an assertive but nurturing style ...
 

 
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Renker Weiss, Management Consultant, Austria, Member
Dear Graham, I conduct leadership seminars and workshops since many years. Some of them happen on an offshore-yacht. During the crew/manager briefing, I also mention that it can happen, that I - as the skipper - have to make a decision whitin a second - to prevent crew and/or ship from damage.
This has nothing to do with bossing by the boss. It can and it will happen, that a leader has to give immediate directions, when it is necessary (e.g., a drifting container in open sea threatens the crew and ship). The training on the yacht gives managers many examples to their real business life in a figurative sense. BUT a directive style should be the exeption: because a crisis in contrast to a catastrophy is the result of unsolved problems from the past. Rgds Renker.
 

     
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