The Benefits of Situational Leadership in Building a Strong Company
Any company owner or director understands that the process of succession is vital to the long-term prospects of a company. When first founding a company within any industry, the long-term goal has to be to encourage growth to such an extent that the original owner or directors are no longer required to always be present in order to run the company efficiently and successfully. Over time this ensures that there is a clear succession plan that sees the company become its own behemoth and not just the sole preserve of those who started the ball rolling. It takes time of course to build a strong leadership team, but it can be achieved in any industry and in any company, with situational leadership a type of leadership that suits a growing organisation – an organisation that would prefer to recruit from within and create a thread of continuity that links the entire company from boardroom down to the staff members starting their very first day.
Situational leadership is an interesting style of leadership that business owners would do well to encourage within their organisations. It is a fantastic way to grow a team of leaders from within that understand how best to develop relationships with staff members, establishes an honest community of workers that work hard for each other and can adapt to any situations and problem that arises.
There will always be variables within any working environment that become apparent when you least expect them to. This could be anything from the personal problems of individual employees, protocol and process problems that require tweaking, or even something as simple as the ambience and atmosphere within a shared workspace. Situational leadership is adaptive, fluidly reacting and pre-empting different scenarios to ensure that the whole ship keeps moving forward in the same direction.
Your leaders can be taught how to create strong bonds with employees. Some staff members will require the carrot, an arm round the shoulder and praise at every turn, others the stick, harsher targets and pressure from above. Both sides and everything within the spectrum in between can produce results, but a good leader will intuitively understand how to get the best out of each person, learning their needs, desires and pressure points over time.
Being able to take a quick step back, look at the big picture and the specific problems currently being faced, and understanding how best to resolve issues and increase staff morale and productivity will make a good leader a integral part of your team for the long-term. With a strong and encouraging leadership team in place, your organisation will be best suited to tackle all problems and continue to build and grow over time. Leadership training programmes can be built around your own specific company brand, company ethics and processes to ensure there is a common theme throughout all management levels. This will only lead to greater results from your staff, which in turn will be passed on to the customers and their satisfaction with your brand.