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Question:
Are the skills and techniques used by leaders of organizations the same as those used by direct leaders or supervisors?

Answer:
Many of the skills and techniques used by both types of leaders are the same. However, senior leaders in organizations tend to be strategic thinkers who are responsible for things like creating the organization’s vision. They look more at the big picture, whereas direct leaders tend to focus more at the tasks at hand as well as the near-term future associated with their area of responsibility. Leaders, whether they are direct or strategic leaders, need to select the leadership tools that are appropriate for the position and the specific situation. Learn more about effective leadership from the resources listed.

Question:
What are some of the different leadership styles?

Answer:
Leadership style refers to the manner by which an individual provides direction to, manages and motivates people. There are many resources (classes, books, seminars, etc.) available about leadership and many different views on which ones are most effective. For example, one leadership model, characterized by Ken Blanchard and Paul Hersey, calls for an individual to analyze the needs of the situation and adopting the most appropriate leadership style to address the situation. This is referred to as “Situational Leadership.” The basis of this model describes leadership styles in terms of the amount of direction and support a leader gives to his/her followers. An effective leader would, therefore, be able change his/her approach according to the situation, selecting the most preferred style, whether it be directing, coaching, supporting, or delegating. Other experts feel that there are three basic types of leadership styles: authoritarian; participative; and delegative and that while most leaders use all three styles at one time or another, one of them usually dominates the way they manage people. Check with some of the references listed here to learn more about leadership styles.

Question:
What group characteristics help determine a leader's style of leadership?

Answer:
There are a number of things that help a leader decide what style of leadership to use in a group, in addition to group characteristics. For example, if there’s a sense of urgency in the work the group needs to accomplish or a crisis in the organization, the leader may be forced to use a more directive and/or authoritative style of leadership. In terms of group characteristics, the group’s experience level affects an individual’s choice of leadership style. For example, if the group’s experience level is high, the leader may be able to delegate responsibility to group members and provide very little direction to them. The group’s confidence level and/or enthusiasm also affect the type of leadership style used. The leader may need to provide more encouragement than direction to motivate them to perform. Learn more about leadership and group dynamics from the references provided.

Question:
What is "situational leadership?"

Answer:
Situational Leadership refers to a leadership style in which a leader adapts his/her leadership style according to the situation. Ken Blanchard (prominent author, speaker and management consultant) and Dr. Paul Hersey (renown behavior scientist, author, speaker and businessman) developed the situational leadership model. The basis of this model describes leadership styles in terms of the amount of direction and support a leader gives to his/her followers. An effective leader would, therefore, be able change his/her approach according to the situation, selecting the most preferred style, whether it be directing, coaching, supporting, or delegating. Other experts feel that there are three basic types of leadership styles: authoritarian; participative; and delegative and that while most leaders use all three styles at one time or another, one of them usually dominates the way they manage people. Check with some of the references listed here to learn more about leadership styles.
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