In Situational Leadership, the Leader Determines the Situation

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Graham Williams
Management Consultant, South Africa

In Situational Leadership, the Leader Determines the Situation

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). In case of a bossy (Editor: ~ordering) boss, especially in high pressure, urgent deadline times, 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 ...


Renker Weiss
Management Consultant, Austria

Directive or Cooperative Leadership Style

Dear Graham, I conduct leadership seminars and workshops since many years. Some of them happen on an... Sign up

K R Sethuraman
Professor, Malaysia

In an ICU, Directive Leadership is the Norm (Healthcare Mangement)

@Renker Weiss: I have been in Intensive Care Units (ICUs) as the team leader for over 4 decades. In ... Sign up

Michael Horwitz
Professor, United States

Great Examples of Telling Style

In both situations described the telling or directive style is predominant. Few organizations operat... Sign up

Graham Williams
Management Consultant, South Africa

In Situational Leadership, the Leader Determines the Situation

My hope is that we move towards a time where command and control (including telling in situations wh... Sign up


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