Situational Leadership II – Introduction

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

  1. Accurately determine the development (Low to high competence) level of the individual
  2. Be flexible, so that they can lead with any of the four leadership styles, depending on the situation
  3. 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

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