Project Management

Leadership Theories vs. Leadership Gut: Which Do You Follow?

Andy Jordan is President of Roffensian Consulting S.A., a Roatan, Honduras-based management consulting firm with a comprehensive project management practice. Andy always appreciates feedback and discussion on the issues raised in his articles and can be reached at Andy's new book Risk Management for Project Driven Organizations is now available.

Someone once asked me which leadership theory I used with my teams. I was a bit taken aback, so they went on to list off some to help me choose, like situational leadership and contingency. But I wasn’t confused because I didn’t know what they were talking about; I was confused because that’s not how I lead. I learned the theories way back when I first started leading people, but over the years I have developed my own style and approach that I don’t believe aligns with any specific theory.

When I explained this, they seemed shocked. They couldn’t believe that I thought I could be effective unless I was following one or more of the well-established theories. Well, that seems like a good topic to explore here!

The value of theories
If I’m honest, I don’t know how much impact the various theories of leadership have on my current leadership style. I was exposed to them when I was younger because they were covered as part of the various training and education programs I went through. If you have an awareness of something, then it likely has some impact on how you develop your style (if only subconsciously).

In particular, situational leadership was a popular theory when I was in the early years of my career—and I certainly try to adapt how I lead people based on the situation I’m faced with and the people I’m …

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