Situational Leadership definition

Situational leadership is a leadership theory underlined by the belief that there is no one most effective, and that the best leaders adapt their leadership style to suit the task, people or project at hand.

It was developed by Professor Paul Hersey and guru Ken Blanchard in the 1970s, originally conceived as the ‘life cycle theory of leadership.’

At the core of the theory are the four types of interchangeable leadership styles, as conceived by Blanchard and Hersey.

The theory also provides reference for the maturity levels of the audience being led: