Preparing for Skill-Development Exercise 1
Return to the 12 situations in Self-Assessment 3. This time, instead of selecting one of the four options, a–d, identify the normative leadership style used in each option, with the aid of the leadership style definitions in Self-Assessment 3 above. Let’s do the following example. Example Your rookie crew seems to be developing well. Their need for direction and close supervision is diminishing. What do you do?
a. Stop directing and overseeing performance unless there is a problem. S DL
b. Spend time getting to know them personally, but make sure they maintain performance levels. S C
c. Make sure things keep going well; continue to direct and oversee closely. S D
d. Begin to discuss new tasks of interest to them. S F
a. As indicated on the S DL line, this is the delegate leadership style. As in the definition of delegate, you are leaving the group alone—-unless there is a problem (limits)—-to make and implement its own decisions about work.
b. As indicated on the S C line, this is the consult leadership style. As in the definition of consult, you are being supportive by getting to know them, yet you are still following up to make sure they get the job done.
c. As indicated on the S D line, this is the decide leadership style. As in the definition of decide, you are following up to make sure performance is maintained.
d. As indicated on the S F line, this is the facilitate leadership style. As in the definition of facilitate, you are facilitating a group decision on possible new tasks for the group to perform. Now, complete situation numbers 2–12 by determining the leadership style and placing the letters D, C, F, and DL on each of the a–d S lines as illustrated above. All four alternative behaviors do represent a different normative leadership style. Doing Skill-Development Exercise 1 in Class Objective To develop the skill of identifying normative leadership styles. The primary AACSB learning standard skill developed through this exercise is analytic skills. Procedure (5–30 minutes) Select an option:
A. The instructor goes over the answers.
B. The instructor calls on students and goes over the answers.
C. Break into groups of three and come up with group answers for the 11 situations. This is followed by the instructor going over the answers.