High Task/High Relationship Leadership

                Leadership-wise, I’ve always considered myself to be a battlefield general, leading the charge.  My colleagues have always commented that I am an inspiring leader and that I don’t mind getting dirty in the trenches.  Add to that, I despise authoritarian, directive leadership or micromanagement.  I believe that everyone should have goals and metrics that they should perform within as far as job expectations, but I feel that directing each task done by each employee is insulting to their intelligence.

                Here is a basic S.W.O.T. analysis of my leadership style:

Strengths:  inspirational; leads by example; enjoys motivating and building relationships; sets high expectations and clear goals

Weaknesses:  sometimes can give team too little task direction and assume that a problem is well within the abilities of the team (can come off as laissez faire leadership); can seem authoritative and demanding when trying to fix the situation once it has gone in the wrong direction for too long

Opportunities: improve leadership by learning how to let the group be collaborative and autonomous while staying highly engaged

Threats:  team members that need more direction feel abandoned and leave the group or ask for other leadership if they expect more directive leadership; tasks that I under-manage and assume that the team is able to self-direct sometimes go undone

                Measuring my own leadership style using Hersey and Blanchard’s article So You Want To Know Your Leadership Style, I came up with these results:  1. C, 2. B, 3. A, 4. D, 5. C, 6. D, 7. C, 8. D, 9. C, 10. A, 11. D, 12. A.

So my scoring looks like:

High Task/Low Relationship (Column 1) 11    [2]

High Task/High Relationship (Column 2) 111111    [6]

High Relationship/Low Task (Column 3) 11    [2]

Low Task/Low Relationship (Column 4) 11    [2]

                So, the mode is in Column 2, which corresponds to High Task/High Relationship with 6, which is significantly higher than the rest.  Therefore, my main leadership style is High Task/High Relationship, which is usually an effective style for high-performing teams (Hersey/Blanchard, 1974).

Hersey, P., Blanchard, K. (1974). So You Want To Know Your Leadership Style. Retrieved from https://psycnet.apa.org/record/1977-20152-001

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