Why Aren’t They Listening – Situational Leadership Explored

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Why Aren’t They Listening – Situational Leadership Explored
Jim Anderson developed a 6 week training program on listening and communication skills to improve management at a large pharmaceutical company (Northouse, 2013). Jim decided to train the middle level managers from research and development first. The managers are highly skilled, but skeptical of the value of the seminar. After the third week, Jim begins to notice problems. Attendance has dropped and the attendees are frequently late or leave early. Jim is unsure how to turn the problem around.
The Situational Leadership II Model
Blanchard, Zigarmi, and Zigarmi (1985) developed a leadership model using four leadership styles and four levels of subordinate development. According to their model, the leadership style should match the development level of the subordinates. The S1 style of leadership is directive, with very few supportive qualities and is used with D1 subordinates. These are subordinates with few skills but a high level of enthusiasm. They are frequently new employees.
The S2 style can be considered a ...

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