Situational Leadership| Difference between Directing and Coaching Style

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Hi everyone! Today, we're going to learn about different ways people can be good leaders by talking with Greg Shamie and Christine Courtney from the Leadership Program. They'll teach us about situational leadership, which is all about using the right leadership style at the right time. This can help make sure a leader's team works well together and gets things done.

Situational leadership was created by Paul Hersey and Ken Blanchard, and it shows that there isn't just one way to be a good leader. Instead, great leaders pay attention to their team members' skills and how much they care about their work. Then, they choose the best way to lead based on that information.

When team members are new or not very experienced, leaders use the directing style. This is like being a head coach, giving clear instructions and watching how the team is doing. This might seem like the leader is always watching, but it's important to make sure everyone knows what to do and can do their jobs well.

On the other hand, the coaching style is used when team members have some experience but might still need help or confidence. In this case, the leader is more like a supportive friend, giving encouragement, feedback, and advice. This style helps people feel better and more motivated, instead of just telling them what to do.

The life cycle theory of leadership says that leaders should change how they lead as their team members grow and learn. Situational leaders know they need to be flexible and adjust to their team's needs, just like teachers in school or coaches of sports teams.

In real life, good leaders often use a mix of directing and coaching styles to help their team members. By learning about situational leadership, leaders can make sure they're giving the right help and support to their team, which helps everyone succeed.

In the end, situational leadership can teach people how to be better leaders by understanding when to use directing and coaching styles. By doing this, leaders can support their team members and help them do their best, making everyone more successful.


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