Mgt 401 module 2 case & slp

For this assignment, first review the background materials with a focus on Hersey and Blanchard’s Situational Leadership model. Make sure you are familiar with the four leadership styles covered in the situational approach including Directing, Coaching, Supporting, and Delegating, and situations where you are supposed to use these four styles.  

Also, familiarize yourself with the more complex Path Goal model and Fiedler’s Contingency model. You don’t need to know these two models in as much detail as the Situational model to complete this assignment, but make sure you understand the main idea of these models as well as some of their main advantages and disadvantages.

Case Assignment

Once you have finished your reading and research, write a four- to five-page paper answering the following questions below. Make sure to cite at least one of the required background readings in each answer, and to cite at least three of the required readings total in your paper:

  1. For each of the following scenarios, explain which of the four leadership styles covered in the Situational model best applies to the situation.  Explain your reasoning for your choice.
    1. You are in charge of a team of architects. They are highly skilled but have strong opinions and do not necessarily follow instructions. These architects are independent thinkers who are used to doing things their own way.
    2. You are in charge of a fast food restaurant. The employees are all teenagers who have not yet graduated from high school, and for most of them this is their first job.
    3. You are the supervisor for a team of software engineers. They are all highly skilled and highly motivated, and are used to working independently. All of them believe in the mission of the company.
  2. For the above situations, how hard would it be to apply the Fiedler Contingency model or the Path Goal model to choose a leadership style? Would it be easy, or would you require a lot more information about each of the situations? You don’t need to actually apply these two models, just discuss how difficult it might be to apply these models.
  3. Of the three models (Situational, Fiedler Contingency, Path Goal), which one do you think is the most useful for the real world? Explain your reasoning.

Assignment Expectations

  • Follow the assignment instructions closely and follow all steps listed in the instructions
  • Stay focused on the precise assignment questions, don’t go off on tangents or devote a lot of space to summarizing general background materials
  • List supporting references and cite sources in proper format
  • Use appropriate writing style in essay form (organization, grammar, and spelling).
  • Include both a bibliography and in-text citations. See the Student Guide to Writing a High-Quality Academic Paper, including pages 13-14 on in-text citations. Another resource is the “Writing Style Guide”, which is found under “My Resources” in the TLC portal.

Module 2 – SLP

One Size Doesn’t Fit All: Situational Approaches to Leadership

For the Module 2 SLP you will continue to apply the concepts from the background materials to your own personal experiences in the workplace. Think carefully about Hersey and Blanchard’s Situational Leadership model and the four leadership styles of Directing, Coaching, Supporting, and Delegating. Then consider the styles of one or more of the supervisors you have worked with, and reflect upon whether or not their style changed depending on the situation.

After doing some reflecting on your own experience and reviewing the background materials, write a two- to three-page paper addressing the following issues:

  1. In general, would you describe your supervisor’s style as Directing, Coaching, Supporting, or Delegating?
  2. Did you ever notice any of your supervisors changing their leadership style depending on the situation? If so, explain what you observed and discuss whether or not you think your supervisor followed the Situational Leadership model. If not, discuss a situation when you think your supervisor should have changed their style but did not.
  3. Would you recommend that your supervisor take a training seminar on the Situational Leadership model, Fiedler’s Contingency model, or the Path-Goal model? Explain your reasoning.

 

SLP Assignment Expectations

  • Follow the assignment instructions closely and follow all steps listed in the instructions
  • Stay focused on the precise assignment questions, don’t go off on tangents or devote a lot of space to summarizing general background materials
  • List supporting references and cite sources in proper format
  • Use appropriate writing style in essay form (organization, grammar, and spelling).
  • Include both a bibliography and in-text citations. See the Student Guide to Writing a High-Quality Academic Paper, including pages 13-14 on in-text citations. Another resource is the “Writing Style Guide”, which is found under “My Resources” in the TLC portal.

 

Module 2

Required Material

Contingency theories. (2014). Pearson Learning Solutions, Pearson, New York.

Reed. J. (2015). Situational leadership. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=om2Hq8sZqDI

For this assignment, first review the background materials with a focus on Hersey and Blanchard’s Situational Leadership model. Make sure you are familiar with the four leadership styles covered in the situational approach including Directing, Coaching, Supporting, and Delegating, and situations where you are supposed to use these four styles.  

Also, familiarize yourself with the more complex Path Goal model and Fiedler’s Contingency model. You don’t need to know these two models in as much detail as the Situational model to complete this assignment, but make sure you understand the main idea of these models as well as some of their main advantages and disadvantages.

Luthans, F., Luthans, K. W., & Luthans, B. C. (2015). Chapter 13: Effective leadership processes. Organizational Behavior: An Evidence-based Approach. Charlotte, North Carolina: Information Age Publishing, pp. 385-389 [eBook Academic Collection. Note: you don’t have to read the whole chapter, just the pages on contingency theories and Path Goal theory]

To access, go to the TLC Home Page, and click on Additional Library Resources in the Online Library window (see the widget at the bottom right of the Home Page). This will take you to a list of databases. Select the EBSCO eBook collection. Then, enter the title of the book (be sure to use quotation marks: “Organizational Behavior: An Evidence-based Approach”) and the book should come right up.

Optional Material

How situational leadership works. (2012). Alanis Business Academy. Retrieved from http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QbS3samTsOA

The Path-Goal theory of leadership. (2012). Alanis Business Academy. Retrieved from http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pRSio5j3Iy4

Theories for effective leaders. (2014). Pearson Learning Solutions, Pearson, New York.

Bauer, T., & Erdogan, B. (2012) Chapter 12.4 What is the role of the context? Contingency approaches to leadership. An Introduction to Organizational Behavior. Flatworld Knowledge http://2012books.lardbucket.org/books/an-introduction-to-organizational-behavior-v1.1/s16-04-what-is-the-role-of-the-contex.html

 

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