With the amount of work that is being piled onto every leader’s plate, it is tough to make it through your “to do” list every day, never mind being constantly interrupted to speak with every employee. But what if there was a way where you could have more meaningful, more productive, more enjoyable …. and yes…. shorter conversations with your employees? Well I witnessed it for myself…with the Blanchard Situational Leadership II model. This strategic leadership model can have a tremendous positive impact on your organization. Potential results include more focused interactions, higher quality conversations, and a common language between leaders and employees to increase productivity. The model suggests the appropriate combination of direction, guidance and support needed for a positive outcome.
Research points to communication as the foundation of every successful organization. One study found that good interpersonal communication between managers and their employees was three times more powerful in predicting profitability in 40 major companies over a five-year period than the four next most powerful variables combined. So, what are the benefits of improved communication to you as the Leader? Enhanced employee productivity, more efficient problem solving, increased generation of new ideas, decreased turnover…and in general a nicer place to work. Regardless of your industry or the size of your team, those are 5 great reasons for you to explore this strategic leadership model. The model provides a strategic guide to help you adjust the level of direction, guidance and support you provide to an employee depending on the employee task. Once you determine specifically what an employee needs from you and then you deliver it…unparalleled success!
Fundamentally, we all know there is no “one” best leadership style. As a certified DiSC© practitioner, I know that the best leaders are usually the ones who flex their style according to the situation. However, going one step further and evaluating the employee’s relationship to the situation and the task at hand can dramatically improve the odds for a successful outcome. So how do you do it?
- Determine how much “direction” to give based on the level of knowledge, skill, experience and talent the employee has with a task.
- Adjust the level of support you offer them according to their level of confidence, desire, attitude and motivation to do the task.
That is the winning formula.
Many organizations have had phenomenal success with this strategic leadership model…you can too. If you would like to learn more, join Kiki Orski on October 1st for a free webinar showcasing the benefits of Situational Leadership II for your organization.
Space is limited; call 516-628-1729 to register before Sept 28th.
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All the best!