Situational Leadership Theory—A Rough Guide to Leadership Models and Theories

Students, as seen from behind, attentively listening to a lecture.

The Lazy Leader’s Rough Guide to Leadership Models continues with a concise and practical introduction to Hersey and Blanchard model of Situational Leadership Theory.

In The Art of Strategy, we learned the importance of fully understanding a situation before even considering action. And we briefly introduced the Hersey and Blanchard model of Situational Leadership, which is about adapting leadership style according to situation.

So, the next part of our rough guide to leadership models will cover leadership styles.

We start with Hersey-Blanchard Situational Leadership Theory, but later will take a brief look at the other leadership styles frameworks, including transformational leadership and Daniel Goleman’s Golf Clubs.

When we are no longer able to change a situation—we are challenged to change ourselves. – Viktor E. Frankl

The Four Leadership Styles

A picture may be worth a thousand words, but I regret to say we can neither adapt nor reproduce an image of the Hersey-Blanchard Situational Leadership Theory model.

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