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Which leadership style are you?
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Which theory or description of leadership style (servant, democratic, charismatic, transformational, situational, etc.) best describes you?

Why?
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situational ;)
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1 reply by John Rice
Apr 11, 2017 2:41 AM
John Rice
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Markus,
Situational leadership style was created by professor and author Dr. Paul Hersey and author Ken Blanchard, the Situational Leadership Model is a theory of business leadership that promotes the benefits of combining a range of managerial styles to cater to different people within the same organization.
Why do you describe yourself as situational?
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Apr 11, 2017 2:37 AM
Replying to Markus Kopko, PMP
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situational ;)
Markus,
Situational leadership style was created by professor and author Dr. Paul Hersey and author Ken Blanchard, the Situational Leadership Model is a theory of business leadership that promotes the benefits of combining a range of managerial styles to cater to different people within the same organization.
Why do you describe yourself as situational?
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1 reply by Markus Kopko, PMP
Apr 11, 2017 7:18 AM
Markus Kopko, PMP
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Hi John,

i do describe myself as "situational" cause i do decide how to act depending on the given situation and depending on the people who are involved in this given situation.
I was not aware of this formal definition of "situational management", but as a long time experienced manager i do know about the different management styles and how to apply them in the given situation.
Most important from my perspective is, that you has to be hones and authentic and respectful of course.
Mostly this will be recognized and honored by the affected parties.

Regards,

Markus
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Situational - I think one style wont work as need to we wear different hats based on the situation.
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1 reply by John Rice
Apr 11, 2017 11:50 PM
John Rice
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S Rajasekar,
What is important to understand about situational leadership is emotional intelligence, or another way to put it is know yourself and others around you. Situational leadership is great when the leadership is in tune with his/her emotions and those of others.
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Apr 11, 2017 2:41 AM
Replying to John Rice
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Markus,
Situational leadership style was created by professor and author Dr. Paul Hersey and author Ken Blanchard, the Situational Leadership Model is a theory of business leadership that promotes the benefits of combining a range of managerial styles to cater to different people within the same organization.
Why do you describe yourself as situational?
Hi John,

i do describe myself as "situational" cause i do decide how to act depending on the given situation and depending on the people who are involved in this given situation.
I was not aware of this formal definition of "situational management", but as a long time experienced manager i do know about the different management styles and how to apply them in the given situation.
Most important from my perspective is, that you has to be hones and authentic and respectful of course.
Mostly this will be recognized and honored by the affected parties.

Regards,

Markus
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1 reply by John Rice
Apr 11, 2017 11:53 PM
John Rice
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Markus,
I see situational leadership much like having different children. You love them all, but you show your love differently based on their needs.
I enjoy any discussion on leadership and team building, because it is fluid and not rigid.
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Situational !!!
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1 reply by John Rice
Apr 11, 2017 11:53 PM
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Aejaz,
How so?
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Two answers:
As a PM - Situational and here is why... every one has its own motivations, personality, experience, culture...etc therefore each person respond differently to the leader style. A good leader knows his/her team and stakeholders and adapt the style to be most effective in influencing them.

As a professor - transformational for obvious reasons...
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1 reply by John Rice
Apr 11, 2017 11:55 PM
John Rice
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Sylvain,
As a PM, why transformational does not work?
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Autocratic, what's up with this question about my style? ; )

Lots of models and terms out there, but for me, like Blake and Mouton, this tends to boil down to balancing between mission and people as the situation dictates. At rest and all other things being equal, I tend to be more of a playing coach seeking input and review from the team. I prefer open and honest communication, challenging individuals to grow, and matching work member's strengths/weaknesses when possible.

However, depending on organizational goals or an individual's performance and/or behavior, I can adjust my style as necessary.
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1 reply by John Rice
Apr 11, 2017 11:58 PM
John Rice
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Andy,
Honest answer... you said adjust meaning you do not change your core style.

The 1st Infantry Division motto is "No mission too difficult, no sacrifice too great, duty first" sounds incredible for military operations, but it is devastating for projects, why?
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Situational. All the management theories address flexibility, including social styles which teaches you to evaluate and adapt to the style the (message) receiver needs.
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1 reply by John Rice
Apr 11, 2017 11:59 PM
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Julia,
For a situational leader, you have to know yourself and others around, meaning you operate with Emotion Intelligence. How do you read the situation accurately in order to define the problem to produce a solution?
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Servant + Situational

Working with a cross-functional team that currently is comprised of a mix of customer, business, and technical representatives require the leader to be situational. Along with the broad cultural demographics that the technical teams bring to the table means that your style needs to adapt on a case by case basis.
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1 reply by John Rice
Apr 12, 2017 12:04 AM
John Rice
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Bryce,
Servant - that was unexpected, but appreciated. I have learned that functional leaders in an operational organization need to develop a servitude attitude. They depend on others' results for successes, therefore the leader's role in the processes is removing barriers and providing support; servitude.
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I think at the start of any project/task etc, all leaders are situational. They assess the environment that they are working in, the team members and chemistry, and the project/task itself. As it progresses, leaders should fluidly move between styles.

I'm situational, as it should be.
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2 replies by Ed Tsyitee Jr and John Rice
Apr 12, 2017 12:08 AM
John Rice
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Ed,
Military Leadership has been defined as influencing (motivating) others in such a way that they accomplish the mission, even when they do not want to do it.
How do you motivate others?
Apr 12, 2017 2:44 PM
Ed Tsyitee Jr
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Give people something that is within their comfort zone to accomplish, and give them something just outside the comfort zone. The confidence of doing things you are comfortable with and the challenge of doing something you aren't should provide the motivation to do better. It's a play to your strengths and strengthen your weaknesses motivation.
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