Do you lead everyone the same?

Isn’t that the fair way?

Check out Situational Leadership and tailor your style to employees’ needs.

Have you been exposed to Situational Leadership?  And I don’t just mean, yes I react differently in different situations.  Do you know the theory by Paul Blanchard and Paul Hershey?  It’s a great one to explore.  This is particularly true if you want to focus your leadership style to maximize your impact on your employees.  Who doesn’t want that?

The theory and model comes in handy in a couple areas….one is over the lifetime of an employee (which is sometimes less common in organizations today).  And one is when someone is taking on a new role.  Here are the essentials.

The framework includes 2 Elements to diagnose:

  • Competence: Skills and knowledge
  • Commitment: Confidence and motivation

This prompts the 4 Quadrants of individuals:

  1. Enthusiastic Beginner (S1): example, new employee
  2. Disillusioned Learner (S2): example, been on the job “awhile”
  3. Capable but Cautions Performer (S3): example, SME
  4. Reliant Achievers (S4): example, mentor, informal leader

And here are the 4 Leadership Styles to apply depending on the “situation”:

Quad Style Means Competence & Commitment
S1 Directing Task focused. Provide clear goals, strategies and deadlines. Low competence

High commitment

S2 Coaching Task and commitment focused.  Influence and educate. Low competence

Low commitment

S3 Supporting Participative focused.  Engage in problem solving, decision making, continuous improvement. High competence

Variable commitment

S4 Delegating Leadership focused.  Provide challenge, growth, opportunity. High competence

High commitment

Applying Situational Leadership means understanding the goals for those around you.  Are you leading them to a new level?  Do you want them to take on a new project or responsibility?

Then diagnose their competence and commitment, to apply the most effective leadership style.

Will others notice that you are leading differently?  Probably, and this doesn’t have to be a secret mission.  You can be deliberate about your thinking, actions and approach.

Consider this quote:  “There is nothing so unequal as the equal treatment of unequals.”  Artistole