Years ago I had a friend tell me a story that has obviously stuck for one reason or another. He was working a summer job at RFK Stadium in Washington, DC as a local roadie. In essence, he and his crew set up and tore down the stage for a series of large concerts. One such concert featured a well-known band (that will remain nameless) and the Grateful Dead. Now, as I understood it, the local crew set everything up to specification the day before the concert and then notified the bands who showed up separately (at designated times) to conduct sound checks.
It is not uncommon to hear Situational Leadership® referred to as “organized common sense.” As a matter of fact, that is how our founder, Dr. Paul Hersey, used to describe it himself. The Situational Leadership® Model, which he dedicated the majority of his career to developing and refining, reduces the overwhelming number of leadership considerations into three commonsense questions:
- What is the task?
- What is the task-specific ability and willingness of the person performing it?
- What leadership style should I employ?