A Situational Leadership is more than just a theory

Do you practice a situational leadership? Probably you do, seldom or never do we lead in a way that is constant during all circumstances.

The question is however is whether it is a conscious situational leadership or if it just something that happens, a reaction to outside circumstances. One of the things you get the chance to experience during a UGL-training is how a situational leadership is connected to the development of a group.

As a leader it is vital to adapt your leadership to a new group where the relationships are relatively inmature. Much of the energy of the participants is consumed for norming and founding of the team. This calls for a situational leadership that creates trust in that situation.

A group that has developed more usually ends up in different kinds of conflicts. People are starting to get more irritated with each other and more openly express that irritation. Situational leadership demands that you change your own way of leading more to a role model, somebody that with courage and clarity sees and clarifies konfrontations in the team.

This kind of adapted leadership also means that when the group is mature enough the leader has to become more of one in the pack. Somebody who upholds vision and is not prestigious in his or her way of leading.

The experience of situational leadership in practice

There are loads of books written about situational leadership. Different perspectives exist such as basing it on the maturity of the group or its competence. During UGL you get a direct experience of how one or the other leadership affects the group. That means if you reflect upon the behaviour of yourself and others during the training.

In conclusion it is important to add that an effective situational leadership can lead to great economical profits in efficiency, as well as large gains healthwise in the form of better relationships at work. It is our belief that this is a skill that can be learned, behaviours and attitudes that are acquired, not something one is born with.

Markus Amanto

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