Essay on Hersey And Blanchard 's Situational Theory

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Hersey and Blanchard’s situational theory is one of the situational theories that asserts on the importance of the subordinate readiness level and how it’s significantly related to the leader effectiveness. The leader needs to adopt the appropriate leadership style based on the followers’ readiness level. Hersey and Blanchard state that the followers characteristics require the leader to select from four leadership styles which are directing (s1), coaching (s2), supporting (s3), and entrusting (s4). Directing is the appropriate style to utilize with the followers who have low readiness contingency, coaching is the appropriate style to utilize with the followers who have moderate readiness contingency, supporting is the appropriate style to utilize with the followers who have high readiness contingency, and entrusting is the appropriate style to utilize with the followers who have a very high readiness contingency. The leader should assess the followers’ characteristics and adopt whichever style is necessary (Daft, 2015).
The purpose of this paper is to present the point of view of several researches, articles, or studies that had tested the effectiveness of Hersey and Blanchard’s theory. It shows the critical feedback of these studies whether if they support or didn’t support what have Hersey and Blanchard stated in their theory. So, this paper aimed to highlight the possible strengths or usefulness and the potential weaknesses of the Hersey and Blanchard’s theory based on…

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