Situational Leadership

May 13th, 2015
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As the new top-level executive of a medium-sized corporation, you have noticed that the leadership culture in the organization has been ineffective, which has lowered employee morale. To change the leadership culture you have decided to discuss this issue with all the managers and supervisors in the organization. Prior to meeting with all the managers and supervisors, you have decided that you need to develop a how-to-guide on effective leadership. In a 4-5-page paper, explain why situational leadership theory is useful and relevant in developing an effective leadership culture. Describe the three theories of situational leadership and what you consider to be the strengths and weaknesses of each theory when leading staff in the organizational environment. Must include in-text citations and three scholarly references!!!

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Situational LeadershipSituational theory of leadership is based on the view that the most effective leadership style in a given situation will depend on the situation. In other words, the most effective leadership style is contingent upon the circumstances of the situation. Three situational theories/contingency theories have been developed which we will discuss one by one [Karen Schweitzer (2013)]. Fiedlers Contingency ModelFred Fiedlers contingency theory of leadership was developed from research he conducted in the 1960s into two leadership styles, and which style was the more effective. He began by identifying two leadership styles: Task-orientated leadership, and Relationship-orientated Leadership. Task-orientated leadership shows concern for people and Relationship-orientated leadership shows concern for people. These styles could be related to Blake and Moutons grid [Fred Fiedler (1958)].Fiedler developed a system for deciding whether a leader was task orientated or relationship orientated, based on getting leaders to reply to a questionnaire about their least favorite co-worker[Fred Fiedler (1958)].Having categorized the individuals in his research into one or the other categories of leader, he then tried to establish which style of leadership was more effective. He concluded that effectiveness of a leader depends on the leaders style, and also the extent to which the work situation gives the leader control and influence.

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