What is situational management and how can I practice it? That was theme for the last Millennium Fellow Circle on March 12th.
Throughout the evening, Fellows learned what situational management means and how it could be applied to their own student organizations. Situational management involves leading people, depending on where they are in their performance. It means your leadership changes depending on each person’s relative performance and needs.
It is important to adjust your style to where people are in their journey to commitment, confidence, and competence. First, figure out where your team member is on the spectrum (1 - 4), then adjust your leadership to optimize competence and confidence.
Spectrum of the Leadership Journey:
1) High confidence, Low competence - Be their Boss: give explicit directions, often intervening during a challenging situation.
2) Low confidence, some competence - Be their Biggest Fan: instill confidence to become more self-sufficient and productive, recognize progress explicitly.
3) Variable confidence, high competence - Be their Teacher: explain the why behind the processes, share responsibility and expect, work on weaknesses together provide observation and feedback.
4) High Confidence, high competence - Be their Mentor: place more responsibility for final outcomes; provide space for guidance as requested; encourage taking risks; celebrate creativity.
As student leaders, we can look back and see the transformation that we have made as individuals.
How would you place yourself? It is key to figure out what you need so that you can ask your leaders to give you what you need and explicitly state what you need throughout your career.
How does our leadership and preferred leadership styles change over time? What leadership styles have you preferred in the past?
By making sure you have each of the leadership roles fulfilled, you can develop a more successful and well-rounded leadership that can respond to different needs of members, ultimately making your organization more efficient and effective.