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The Fiedler Contingency Theory of Leadership Effectiveness

Fred Fiedler developed a contingency model of leadership that suggests a leader’s effectiveness is contingent on the fit between their leadership style and the situation they face.

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🏒 Program 3: Managing and Leading Individuals
🏘️ Course 11: Leadership
🏠 Section 3: Situational Leadership

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⇨ Other videos in our Introduction to Leadership
🎬 Tannenbaum & Schmidt: The Leadership Continuum https://youtu.be/IW4XbC8Uc8U
🎬 A Generic Situational Leadership Model https://youtu.be/XAu3cIIvOZw
🎬 Commercial Situational Leadership Models https://youtu.be/79fiUq1Nxrw
🎬 Robert House and Path Goal Theory https://youtu.be/8aMGLxwn5r8
🎬 Complexity, Leadership, and the Cynefin Framework https://youtu.be/n-sqvodujTg

Fred Fiedler published A Theory of Leadership Effectiveness in 1967: https://geni.us/inBOF

He developed a way to measure a leader’s approach to managing meeple, called the Least Preferred Coworker score (LPC score).
– High LPC leader: tends to put people first, prioritize good relationships, accept weaknesses, and like to help and please others.
– Low LPC leader: tends to be directive and controlling, keen to prioritize task completion, and takes a hard stance on poor performance or lack of competence.

LPC scores do not correlate well with team performance. Instead, he discovered three other factors at play:
β€’ The extent to which the work is structured and defined, or unstructured and adaptive
β€’ The amount of positional power – or formal authority – the leader has within the organizational
β€’ The nature of the relationship between the leader and their followers – high or low trust and loyalty to the leader

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Fiedler suggested that the style of leadership – High or Low LPC – that works best is linked to thrre conditions (contingencies).
1. How well-defined are the tasks your team needs to carry out? (1 MC CPD Point)
2. How much formal power do you have, as a leader? (1 MC CPD Point)
3. How would you characterize the relationship between you and your team members? (2 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 – Fred Fiedler’s Contingency Model of Leadership Effectiveness
00:18 – A Theory of Leadership Effectiveness, 1967
00:42 – High LPC and Low LPC Leaders
01:06 – LPC Scores and Team Effectiveness
01:42 – Fiedler’s three contingencies
04:21 – Fiedler’s full model
04:39 – Assessment of the Fiedler Contingency Model of Leadership

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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
Tannenbaum & Schmidt: The Leadership Continuum
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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