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Why a Situational Approach to Leadership Matters

People who get the direction and support they need have higher trust in their leaders, are happier in their jobs, and are more likely to perform at high levels, remain in their organizations, and behave in ways that support the organization. That’s the takeaway from this latest Blanchard research study that looks at the impact of initiating behaviors such as goal setting and showing how, plus consideration behaviors—like listening and facilitating problem solving, and how they impact employee perceptions of trust and well-being.

The study finds that effective leader behaviors are context-specific, depending on the development level of the follower on a particular goal or task. The study looks at Blanchard’s SLII® framework and proposes that the leader matches leadership style with the requirements of the situation (development level) to ensure greater performance and satisfaction from their followers.

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