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Brian Holt Discussion started by Brian Holt 2 years ago
Explain what is meant by situational leadership in a project environment (10 Marks)

The Hershey and Blanchard situational leadership model describes how a leader varies the level of support and direction given and the level of maturity of those being led (the follower). These styles are split into 4 modes which start with high supportive and directing (telling style), through selling, participating finally to a delegating style (low supportive, low directive) The advantage to the leader is that they can lead different groups at different times in the most appropriate manner.

List and describe four benefits of adapting leadership styles during a project ensure that you include at least one beneficiary in each description. (40 Marks) ?

Telling

Selling

Participating

Delegating

Using the telling style (high directive, Low supportive) is important when you have team workers who are new starters or tasks have an urgent deadline. It ensures that instructions are given at a detailed level and ensures that no important information is left out. It provides the team worker with the requisite information to undertake the task (this may be a legal requirement from a health and safety perspective) and through large amounts of direction it is clear to the team worker about what needs to be undertaken , why and any deadlines.

Using the selling style (High  directive, high supportive). This is important style when you are starting a new project and the project manager is selling the ideas to the users. The project manager will need to set out exactly what is required, what the impact will be, timescales involved and ultimately what the benefits to the users will be. For example a new IT system will involve obtaining requirements, user testing and training, but the benefits will be less down time. The project manager sells the objectives and the users see the vision

Using the participating style(Low directive, high supportive) the project manager is building a very productive relationship with those undertaking that task and they need less direction and more of a supportive and mentoring role. It facilitates confidence building in the team worker as they are given greater freedom to undertake tasks and the project manager has more time to focus on delivery (as their work packages may be less detailed).

Using the delegating style (low support, low directive) means that the project manager can effectively handover tasks and allow the team worker to get on with the delivery. To the team worker it means that they do not feel that they are being micro managed and to the project manager it allows them to focus on delivery. This is the optimum style for project managers with mature followers.
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Paul Naybour
Paul Naybour Again another good answer, lots of detail and information to get the marks 2 years ago
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