|Applying Situational Leadership
Situational Leadership can better be defined as self-leadership. Before you can move on to success, you need to identify your own individual learning level. The situational leadership model will help you identify your level and outline which leadership style you will react to best.
|Finding Success In Goal Setting
When individuals set out to accomplish a goal, if they don’t have the right purpose for wanting to achieve it, the chances that they will is very low. Ensuring that you have the right purpose can be the key to your success.
|Situational Leadership: Level D1
Individuals that are Level D1 in the situational leadership model are high on motivation and low on competence. The leadership style that partners best with these individuals is a directional style, one that gives a high level of direction to the individual.
|Situational Leadership: Level D2
Individuals that are on Level D2 in the situational leadership model can be called disillusioned learners. They are more competent than they were when they started, however they begin to get discouraged at the same time. D2 individuals need coaching to help keep them on track. They require a leadership style that offers both support and direction.
|Situational Leadership: Level D3
Individuals that are on Level D3 in the situational leadership model are capable but cautious performers. They are more knowledgeable in what they started out to do, however since they have not yet progressed to their end goal, they are not stable in their commitment. The leadership style that these individuals require is one of high support while decreasing the direction that your provide them with.
|Situational Leadership: Level D4
Individuals that are on Level D4 are self-reliant achievers, they are highly committed and high on competence. The leadership style that matches to them is delegation. They require little support and direction because they have discovered they have achieved what they set out to do and are committed to continue on that path.
|Establish a Mutual Commitment to Success
Someone usually has a significant other- chances they are, they’re committed to your success as much as you are. When there’s somebody else that’s equally committed to your success, you’re more likely to succeed.
|Goal Setting: Develop a Realistic Plan
Whenever one sets out to achieve a goal it’s important to ensure that the level of goals that are being set are appropriate for the individual. When you’re working mutually with others it’s paramount that the person that is helping set your goals does so in a realistic and appropriate fashion.
About Tim Kearin
Tim Kearin was born and raised in Southern California and attended the University of Arizona on an athletic scholarship. Upon graduation, he was commissioned in the U.S. Army and after several command and staff assignments was selected for graduate school at Indiana University.
Following graduation, Tim was assigned to the United States Military Academy at West Point where he was an instructor in the Physical Education Department and was involved in strength training research. After two years, he moved to the athletic department and became the Strength and Conditioning coach, directing the conditioning programs for 15 intercollegiate athletic teams.
After his seven-year assignment at West Point, Tim left the active army to become the Director of Preventative Medicine at the Hughston Clinic in Columbus, Georgia. One of his projects led to meeting Ken Blanchard and he followed ken to San Diego in 1986.