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Situational leadership is an adaptive leadership style. It encourages leaders to take stock of their team members, weigh the many variables in their workplace. And then they can choose the leadership style that best fits their goals and circumstances.
Managers who throw new team members into the deep end without providing enough specific guidance, or managers who micromanage their team members even when they are competent and comfortable, are examples of poor situational leadership.
As a successful leader, the correct way to approach situational leadership depends on the team member’s proficiency in doing the task. Even a seasoned team member who is new to a task will require some guidance and direction from leadership. As they become more competent and confident, you should dial back your approach, becoming more of a coach, and then letting go of the task and letting them do it on their own.
When you can better match your approach to the competence and confidence level of the team member, they will find it more engaging. You will be able to free up your time to spend it where you need to – on the employees who need more direction.
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