In Ken Blanchard’s Situational Leadership® II model, Leadership Style 1 is called the Directing style. This style includes a high level of directive behaviors to help build competence and a low level of supportive behaviors to maintain commitment.
A number of years ago when I went through Ken Blanchard’s Situational Leadership® II workshop for the first time, I struggled with the concept of the Directing Leadership Style. I kept telling myself that I would never use that style.
In the years since, I have discovered that my initial fear of the Directing style came from my having been on the receiving end of that style when I didn’t need direction because I was already competent at the task.
It turns out the Directing style is a great style to use as a leader when the individual you are leading lacks competence at a particular goal or task, but is…
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