For this week, read Chapter 5 (130-139) in the Dugan textbook. Review the Chapter Lesson in the Lesson section of the classroom.
Read this article: McCleskey article (link)
Video – Types of Leadership Styles (link)
Situational Leadership II (SLII) is the most comprehensive, up-to-date, and practical method of effectively managing and developing people, time, and resources in the world. SLII provides leaders with a model and the tools for creating open communication and developing self-reliance in those they manage. It is designed to increase the frequency and quality of conversations about performance and development. As a result, competence is developed, commitment is gained, and talented individuals are retained. SLII is recognized as both a business language and a framework for employee development because it works across cultural, linguistic, and geographical barriers. The foundation lies in teaching leaders to diagnose the needs of an individual or a team and then use the appropriate leadership style to respond to the needs of the person and the situation.
For this forum, review the figure 5.2 in the Dugan text. There are four specific leader styles aligned on the chart. They are directing, coaching, supporting and delegating. These are leader styles. There are also the follower’s developmental levels described as D1 – D4. There is a direct relationship between the followers level of competence and the leader’s style. For each developmental level there is an appropriate style of leadership that should be adopted (i.e. a style that depends on the situation).
Select one of the four leadership styles. Choose a specific follower development level (D1 – D4) and give an example of how this leadership style and developmental level would work in real life. In other words, create a “situation” that needs to be led and explain this concept in your forum.
Leadership is an important aspect in any management process because it helps in aspects of decision making and in driving the overall operations of an organization. Directing leadership style is perhaps one of the most critical styles of leadership in any organization. The style involves the application of specific knowledge and experience to solve a challenging situation. For example, if a business is experience challenges in establishing its brand, an experienced marketing manager may be hired to establish effective marketing strategies meant to create brands awareness. A directing leader develop clear goals and objectives for his/her followers. In the initial stage, the followers are xxx by feelings of xxx, high xxx, low competence, and the xxx to comply. In xxx, nearly all xxx employees need a xxx directive style of leadership xxx they xxx little or no xxx in xxx roles. For the xxx level which is D1 (an enthusiastic beginner), the redirecting will mean that xxx leader re-defines…