How It Works
The profile presents leaders with eight work situations and four possible responses. In scoring the instrument, they generate two profiles - one for style effectiveness and one for leadership flexibility. Next, leaders are introduced to the "Three Factors of Focused Leadership" and then learn how analyze these factors when choosing an effective task/relationship-oriented approach to address work group situations. Interpretation of Profile results and action planning help leaders apply their learning to a current work group situation.
To provide further practice in analyzing situations and choosing an effective leadership response, the facilitator guide also includes a complete three-hour workshop.Uses and Applications
The Focused Leader Profile is appropriate for leaders of groups or teams at any organizational level. Flexible enough to be used as a stand-alone instrument or as a component in a larger leadership-training program, it's the perfect starting point in helping leaders to think in terms of the "situation-ality."
Focused Leader Profile has a variety of applications including:
- New supervisor/manager training: Use the profile as a baseline for new managers. Coupled with an explanation of the theory and the "Three Factors" of a situation, new managers have a foundation for developing and fine-tuning their management skills.
- Refresher training: Use the profile as a pre/post application. By taking the profile twice, managers gain a comparison and help in identifying areas of strength and improvement
- Component of a longer training system: Use the profile as part of a supervisory or leadership development curriculum.
- Understand that leadership is situational
- Learn the three key factors leaders should use to analyze and respond to work group situations
- Identify appropriate task- and/or relationship-focused responses
- Develop personalized action steps for responding to a current leadership situation
According to Fred Fiedler and his researchers, all leadership is situational - meaning that a leader should base behavior on the situation in which he or she finds him or herself. Fiedler and his group concluded that each leadership situation needed to be examined from three angles.
In the Focused Leader Profile - A Situational Approach to Leading Work Groups, the HRDQ Research and Development Team adapted Fiedler's work to the practical concerns of people who make group leadership decisions every day. The instrument identifies three factors to help leaders narrow their focus, analyze work group situations, and determine how to respond most effectively:
- Relationships among the leader and the group members
- Clarity of the task
- Leader's power base