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Running head: SITUATIONAL LEADERSHIP 1 Situational Leadership: Annotated Bibliography Cynthia P. Lyons University of Maryland University College DEPM604
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SITUATIONAL LEADERSHIP 2 Annotated Bibliography Research question: Is the situational leadership style appropriate for distance education programs? Hersey, P., Blanchard, K.H., & Natemeyer, W.E. (1979). Situational leadership, perception, and the impact of power. Group and Organization Studies, 4 (4), 418-428. Retrieved from This scholarly article explores the relationship between situational leadership and power. The authors expand the scope of leadership theories to include the leader’s power in the organization. The authors clearly define power as the ability to influence other people. Moreover, power can be used to inspire and stimulate production. This article examines how this power fits in the theory of situational leadership. The article is written well, providing the reader with a clear understanding of situational leadership. Hersey, Blanchard, & Natemeyer build on Hersey’s and Blanchard’s work on situational leadership published in 1977. Specifically, the situational leadership style is a response to current institutional and employee maturity levels. This article goes beyond the application of leadership styles to include the situational use of power. The authors explain the different types of power and where they fall in relation to the various maturity levels. As the institution and employees progress through maturity levels, the leadership changes its power methods on a spectrum that ranges from coercive power (low maturity) to expert power (high maturity). The authors propose the Power Perception Profile (PPP) as a tool to measure leader effectiveness. The PPP is a survey where respondents answer questions on how they are influenced by their leaders. Results are scored to show how leaders influence their employees. The PPP can also be used to compare leaders in similar situations. The authors have written several books, articles, and training materials on organizational behavior, management, and leadership styles. In addition, all of the authors hold doctorate degrees and are employed in academic positions. This article is a good resource for understanding the definition of situational leadership; and, it also infuses the concept of power. Transforming, or introducing, distance education into a traditional educational environment, requires the application of appropriate leadership theories. If the situational leadership style is prevalent, institutional leaders increase the likelihood of success if they understand how they influence employees. Furthermore, departmental and individual acceptance is possible if the leader is able to identify appropriate leadership and power methods according to existing maturity levels. As my institution transitions to increasing online learning and adding more technologies into the traditional classroom, we can benefit from understanding how to effectively influence and motivate learners, faculty, and staff.
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