Theory Of Situational Leadership: Hersey And Ken Blanchard

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Hersey and Blanchards’ theory of situational leadership:
The situational leadership theory developed by Paul Hersey and Ken Blanchard as a “situational model” suggesting that there is no single specific leadership style and successful leaders tend to adopt variable styles according to the follower’s maturity level. The model suggests that leaders deal with different levels of maturity in different kind of working groups hence adjusting their leading strategy related to their emphasis on task and relationship behavior . The theory model rests on two basic concepts; leadership style and the individual or group's maturity level. Four types of leadership styles are there out of which any could be followed accordingly. They are:
Telling style (S1): A high- task, low relationship style characterized by one way communication in which the leader defines the roles of individual or group and gives explicit directions and supervise the work closely.
Selling style (S2): A high task, high relationship style with a two way communication. The leader provides the socio-emotional support that will enable the individual or group to buy the idea by explaining task directions in persuasive manner.
Participating Style (S3): It’s a low task, high relationship style that emphasize on the shared ideas by the entire group
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