The situational leadership theory, developed by Paul Hersey, professor and author of the famous book Situational Leader, and Ken Blanchard, leadership guru and author of The One Minute Manager became in a matter of time (over the last four decades) the basis of the most prevalent leadership system in the world. Due to Dr. Hersey’s pivotal research around influence and behavior that immediately led to the development of the Situational Leadership® Model, thousands of top organizations use now Situational Leadership® training programs to enhance performance and develop positive work environments.
According to the numbers, over 11 million people around the world have experienced Situational Leadership® training with the Center for Leadership Studies. The skills they learn help them grow more successful as managers, supervisors, coaches, team leaders and individual contributors. With a focus on specific task and behaviors being demonstrated, Situational Leadership® promotes the theory that there is no single "best" style of leadership. Effective leadership is task-relevant, and the most successful leaders are those that adapt their leadership style to the maturity ("the capacity to set high but attainable goals, willingness and ability to take responsibility for the task, and relevant education and/or experience of an individual or a group for the task") of the individual or group they are attempting to lead or influence. Effective leadership varies, not only with the person or group that is being influenced, but it also depends on the task, job or function that needs to be accomplished.
Conceived as a concept from the Situational Leadership® – The Core, the workshop, seen as the centerpiece of the situational suite of training technology and services (it seamlessly links to other programs and services designed to build and extend participant’s skills in influencing, leading, coaching and managing) as well as Twelve O’Clock High, a filmed Situational Leadership® Case Study, Situational Leadership® is both used as a lens to analyze the performance of a work group and their leadership and to focus on helping learners to grow skillful and confident in applying the model for the positively impact on the performance of individuals and teams.