Situational Leadership II defines four leadership styles for leading an individual on a specific task. The individual’s skill level and motivation for that task indicate the appropriate style to employ.
- Direct those who are inexperienced
- Coach those who are not quite able to do the task independently and need some specific help or coaching
- Support those who have the skills but may have other issues affecting their ability to complete the task
- Delegate to those with the skills motivation to do the task on their own.
To effectively use Situational Leadership II, a leader needs to be able to
- Accurately determine the development (Low to high competence) level of the individual
- Be flexible, so that they can lead with any of the four leadership styles, depending on the situation
- Partner for performance, insuring that the individual understands and accepts the leader’s role
To apply the model the leader will follow the above three steps to employ a leadership style on an individual for a given task/assignment. Over time the steps will become second nature because you will learn the current development level of the team member’s skills and then apply a leadership style to support them.
This diagram depicts the Situational Leadership II model:
For more information see these books by Ken Blanchard:
· “One Minute Manager – Builds High Performing Teams” pgs 64-109
· “Leading At A Higher Level” – by Ken Blanchard; pgs 50-58
We will have 4 additional blog entries
- Situational Leadership II – Diagnosis
- Situational Leadership II – Flexibility
- Situational Leadership II – Partnering For Performance
- Situational Leadership II – Scenarios