Leadership styles in practice

This post is a simple exercise for learning participants in various moments of various things. If you want more information, contact me ..

According to Blanchard and Hersey there are different potential styles for leading others.

Read each of the following examples of leadership and put them into categories where the phrases, according to you, all look to indicate the same style:

  1. CEO to CFO: “I need you to cut costs by 8% next year”
  2. Daughter to Sister: “Stop. You are doing it wrong. You need to helmet on first and then your gloves. Otherwise you won’t be able to close properly the straps on the helmet. “
  3. Manager to employee: “How do you think we should approach this project?”
  4. Consultant to client: “The best thing we can do is implement the service change in 3 phases. First we will do this, then you need to do that, the final step is…”
  5. Mother to son: “I think should close your books and just test your memory. What do you think?”
  6. Sister to brother: “Its Mum and Dad’s wedding anniversary soon. What should we do for them?”
  7. Mother to son: “Can you deal with the washing please darling?”
  8. Manager to colleague: “If we tell them first what they will win, they are sure to want to listen. What do you think?”
  9. Father to daughter: “Put your hand on the rail. Now move this leg. No, THIS leg. OK. Now, move your hand up. Here, let me help you. That’s it, much better. The other hand needs to go here…”
  10. One colleague to another: “If we try it like that, it might work. Do you agree?”
  11. Manager to assistant: “Can you type this report for Monday please?”
  12. Manager to employee: “How do you think we can best improve profit next year?”

Published by Dan Steer

For the last 17 years, I have been helping businesses and individuals to achieve their goals through delivery of tailor-made learning and development initiatives. Most of the time, I deliver training, coach individuals, facilitate brainstorming sessions, round-table meetings and workshops. As a consultant, I help my clients to promote and profit from the infinite learning opportunities within and without their own organisation, drawing on my L+D management experience, strategic approach and creativity, As a speaker, I inspire through story, humour and pertinent little bits of theory. I believe that the world would be a better place if people were happily working on their mission with competence and alignment to personal values. As a freelance worker since 2008, I have helped more than 11000 individuals to improve their presentation, communication, commercial, leadership and negotiation skills. I confront people with their own behaviour and convictions, facilitating and giving pertinent feedback and clear ideas on where to continue good work and improve. I seek to satisfy my clients with creative and to-the-point solutions… …and I make music, but no-one pays me much for it yet :-) First single here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x0ShlY95X4E

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2 Comments

  1. A way to categorize them might be:
    Cat 1: 1
    Cat 2: 2 4 9
    Cat 3: 3 5 6 8 10 12
    Cat 4: 7 11

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