Situational Leadership

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Typical practices that are common to my approach with the staff; • I listen to what staff has to say when it is or is not related to work, because I am genuinely interested in them and they know this. I think this is an example of investing in employees’ emotional bank accounts. • I am a parent myself, and I recognized that “life happens”. So I am extremely flexible with their time if they need to leave early, step out for an appointment etc. My staff do not take advantage and they typically put more time back in and are highly productive. This shows life balance within the department and earns me my staff’s respect. • I try to provide my team with opportunities to cross train and get involved with special projects. I actually just had…show more content…
Evaluate your leadership practices using a scholarly leadership theory Being part of a large organization and belonging to several functional and task groups within the healthcare sector as a leader, I have to adapt accordingly and at times practice several leadership traits. Considering the nature of the group I’m involved in oftentimes I see myself relating to situational leadership. Situational-contingency theories are related to the factors affecting particular situations. It purports that the ability of a leader to lead depends on the situation where the leadership is taking place (Taylor, 2009). According to this theory, there are three significant areas that determine leadership, that is, the situation, the leader and the follower. The situational theories purport that there is no single leadership style that is suitable. On the contrary, different circumstances require different styles of leadership. For instance, in an emergency situation, the use of autocratic leadership will be more suitable than using participative style. For that reason, a leader cannot be effective in every situation. This is to mean that they will be effective in certain situations, but not in others. The models in the situational theory are Schmidt’s and Tannenbaum leadership continuums, which range from autocratic to persuasive to consultative to democratic (Taylor, 2009). Autocratic leadership is used in emergency situations, persuasive leadership is used when the leader wants to plan and implement something and requires the team to participate, consultative and democratic are used when there is time and resources to collaboratively develop and implement a policy. The assertion in situational theory is that, one, all the three factors (situation, leader and followers) are equally significant, and two, different situations require the use of different leadership
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