Friday, May 1, 2009

The Three Skills of a Situational Leader

In continuing with my "series" about Situational Leadership, I'll discuss the three skills of a situational leader. In order to apply the Situational Leadership model, it is necessary to understand these skills. They are diagnosis, flexibility and partnering for performance.

Diagnosis, as defined by the model, "is the willingness and ability to look at a situation and assess others' development needs in order to decide which leadership style is the most appropriate for the goal or task at hand."

Flexibility "is the ability to use a variety of leadership styles comfortably."

Partnering for performance "involves reaching agreements with others about the leadership style(s) they need from you to achieve their goals and the organization's goals."

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