Review Questions

  1. What is situational leadership?
  2. What researchers are associated with the most important situational leadership studies?
  3. What are the characteristics of the four categories of directive and supportive behaviors?
  4. What are the characteristics of the four levels by which employee development can be classified?
  5. How can a leader best determine the developmental level of followers?
  6. Why should developmental levels not be used to label followers?
  7. How does the developmental continuum work?
  8. In the SLII Model, why does commitment go down for D3 subordinates?
  9. Explain why it might be difficult for some leaders to exhibit Style 4 leadership.
  10. What are strengths of the situational approach?
  11. What are criticisms of the situational approach?
  12. How do demographic characteristics affect employees’ preferences for a particular leadership style?