National Center for Farmworker Health

Situational Leadership®

The greatest assets to an organization are their staff. By investing in and training your staff in effective leadership skills, you will be on the way to developing your organization's increased productivity, improved performance and attainment of organizational goals. Situational Leadership is a highly effective organizational training method that has been developed by Dr. Paul Hersey of the Center for Leadership Studies in Escondido, California. His model of situational leadership allows one to analyze the needs of a situation, then adopt the most appropriate leadership style. It has proved popular with managers over the years because it is simple to understand, and it works in most environments for most people. The model rests on two fundamental concepts; leadership style and development level.

In this course, we provide managers and supervisors with an all-encompassing knowledge base of Situational Leadership concepts as well as application of the Situational Leadership model. Trainers instruct participants in a hands-on style and provide opportunities for participants to diagnose situations and utilize practical real-life applications. Participants will also be able to identify appropriate leadership styles and adjust their style accordingly for optimum productivity.

Program Objectives

This training will serve to:

  • Explain the concept of leadership and the relationship to effective performance.
  • Increase understanding of how people can be influenced and how Situational Leadership can be used to develop strategies for increasing productivity.
  • Develop basic skills that will help participants match their leadership styles to the needs of others.
  • Increase participants' effectiveness as leaders and followers at work, at home, and in any other organizational setting.

Program Highlights

Influencing the Performance of Others

We begin the program by defining what leadership is and describing the three main components of the situational leadership model: defining the task, assessing the readiness level and applying a leadership style. Through application of these components and identification of the necessary tasks at hand, participants are laying the groundwork for effective leadership.

Assessing Criteria for Performance

In this portion of the training, participants will be led through the process of determining the needs of an individual or of a group. By identifying individual or group readiness for a project or task, leaders are able to effectively adapt their leadership styles. A leader will find it near impossible to tailor leadership styles without the ability to identify a person or participant's readiness baseline.

Leader Behavior

This training comes to a close by focusing on the two components of leadership styles which include "task behavior" and "relationship behavior". Participants will engage in applying the LEAD Self-Instrument to understand their primary leadership style along with the range of behaviors they tend to address. The Situational Leadership Model is utilized to plot out these individual style and behaviors in a graph format. Multiple case scenarios are used to put the model into practice.