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Tannenbaum & Schmidt: The Leadership Continuum

Tannenbaum and Schmidt’s Leadership Continuum is a situational leadership model, offering a range of styles and ways to select among them.

🧭 This video is part of course module number 3.11.3
🏒 Program 3: Managing and Leading Individuals
🏘️ Course 11: Leadership
🏠 Section 3: Situational Leadership

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⇨ Other videos in our Introduction to Leadership
🎬 Fiedler Contingency Theory of Leadership Effectiveness https://youtu.be/1WeKHqO3IoQ
🎬 Generic Situational Leadership Model https://youtu.be/XAu3cIIvOZw
🎬 Commercial Situational Leadership Models https://youtu.be/79fiUq1Nxrw
🎬 Robert House & Path Goal Theory https://youtu.be/8aMGLxwn5r8
🎬 Complexity, Leadership, & the Cynefin Framework https://youtu.be/n-sqvodujTg

In a 1958 Harvard Business Review article, β€˜How to Choose a Leadership Pattern’, Robert Tannenbaum & Warren H Schmidt set out a range of leadership behaviors. 1973 revision: https://hbr.org/1973/05/how-to-choose-a-leadership-pattern

A continuum of 7 distinct leadership styles & behaviors that vary the degree of control by the leader, who:
1 makes the decision and announces it
2 β€˜sells’ their decision
3 presents their decision and invites questions
4 presents a tentative decision, subject to change
5 presents the problem, gets suggestions, and then makes a decision
6 defines the limits within which the group makes the decision
7 allows group to make decision, subject to organizational constraints

They also assessed how a manager can decide how to choose which of the styles will work best. Three considerations:
β€’ Forces in the manager
Your values and style, and your assessment of the risk
β€’ Forces in the team-members
Your assessment of their readiness and enthusiasm to assume responsibility
β€’ Forces in the situation
Time pressure, the group’s effectiveness, organizational culture

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The Tannenbaum & Schmidt leadership continuum is a very good model.
Think back to two recent times when you had a task for your team or a part of your team. For each one, assess the forces in:
1. you, the manager (2 MC CPD Points)
2. your team-members (2 MC CPD Points)
3. the situation (2 MC CPD Points)
4. Determine which leadership style would have been best (2 MC CPD Points)
5. Consider how those styles differ from how you really led your team. What can you learn? (4 MC CPD Points)

There are a vast number of Leadership books – perhaps more than on any other management-related topic. And there is also a huge range represented in different lists of the best. This no-doubt reflects the different contexts for leadership.

So, any recommended reading list of leadership books must be particularly subjective. I have chosen those that made me think, and which are of particular value to managerial leaders: not sportspeople, military leaders, or CEOs. In no particular order:

πŸ“– Leaders Eat Last
πŸ“– Start with Why
πŸ“– Humble Leadership
πŸ“– The Leadership Challenge
πŸ“– The New Leaders
πŸ“– Shackleton’s Way
πŸ“– Why should Anyone be Led by You
πŸ“– The Habit of Excellence

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00:00 – Tannenbaum & Schmidt Leadership Continuum
00:18 – Kurt Lewin Leadership Styles
00:37 – Questions managers should ask
01:48 – How to Choose a Leadership Pattern
02:43 – M makes decision & announces it
03:16 – M β€˜sells’ decision
03:56 – M presents decision and invites questions
04:26 – M presents tentative decision, subject to change
05:11 – M presents the problem, gets suggestions, and makes decision
05:56 – M defines the limits within which the group makes decision
06:48 – M allows the group to make decision, subject to constraints
07:23 – Forces influencing the leader’s decision
08:03 – Successful leaders
08:26 – Forces in manager
09:38 – Forces in team
10:43 – Forces in situation
12:46 – Evaluating the Tannenbaum & Schmidt Leadership Continuum

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Simon Sinek: Start with Why and Leaders Eat Last
Kouzes and Posner: The Leadership Challenge
Warren Bennis: Master of Transformative Leadership
Coaching for Leadership Development
Mentoring for Leadership Development
The Principles of Leadership Development
Complexity, Leadership, and the Cynefin Framework
Robert House and Path Goal Theory [Situational Leadership]
Commercial Situational Leadership Models
A Generic Day-to-Day Situational Leadership Model
The Fiedler Contingency Theory of Leadership Effectiveness
What is Servant Leadership?
What is Authentic Leadership?
What is Charismatic Leadership?
What is Visionary Leadership?
The Blake & Mouton Leadership Grid
What is Transformational Leadership?
What is Transactional Leadership?
Goleman’s 6 Leadership Styles – A Styles Models of Leadership
Action Centered Leadership – A Roles-based or Functional Leadership Model
Leadership Behaviors: Task and Relationship Focus
Traits Models of Leadership
Leadership Traits, Roles, and Styles: Three Types of Leadership Model
What is Leader-Member Exchange Theory? And Should You Use LMX Theory?
10-Step Leadership Process: A Simple Model for How to Lead
Leadership Attitudes: How to Approach Things Like a Leader
The Leadership Skill Set: What Every Leader Needs to be Able to Do
What is Leadership? and Why do We Need Leaders?

Mike Clayton

About Mike Clayton 

Dr Mike Clayton is a (former) Project Manager and now a management educator. Having trained thousands of people at live workshops, seminars, and conferences, he now delivers training mainly via video. He has 14 books with international publishers and runs two successful YouTube channels. He is also the founder of OnlinePMCourses.com

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