Situational Leadership is a leadership theory that suggests that there is no one-size-fits-all approach to leadership. Instead, effective leadership depends on the leader’s ability to adapt to the needs of the situation and the team members being led. The model proposes that the leader should adjust their leadership style based on the team member’s level of competence and commitment in completing a specific task.
The leader should use one of four styles – directing, coaching, supporting, or delegating – based on the team member’s readiness level. The goal is to help team members develop their skills and increase their confidence while achieving the desired results.
Here are some ways to use the Situational Leadership Model in practice, which will help build evidence that you can use in your promotion process:
- Assess the situation: Before implementing any leadership style, assess the situation at hand. Determine the task’s complexity, the team members’ skill level, and the level of autonomy they need to complete the task.
- Identify the leadership style: Based on your assessment, identify the appropriate leadership style. The four styles are directing, coaching, supporting, and delegating. Directing is appropriate for new team members or those with limited experience. Coaching is best for team members who have some experience but need guidance. Supporting works well for team members who have some experience and can complete tasks independently. Delegating is for experienced team members who can complete tasks without supervision.
- Adapt your style: As the situation changes or the team member’s skill level improves, adapt your leadership style accordingly. Be flexible and willing to adjust your approach as needed.
- Communicate clearly: Regardless of your leadership style, communicate clearly and effectively with your team members. Provide clear expectations, deadlines, and feedback.
- Develop your team members: Use the Situational Leadership Model to develop your team members’ skills and abilities. Provide coaching and support where needed and delegate tasks to help team members gain experience and independence.
By using the Situational Leadership Model in practice, you can become a more effective leader and help your team members achieve their full potential. Make sure that you document ‘how’ you used the model as effective deployment could become an exceptional example to discuss during your promotion process.