One Idea Group Session from Leadership and The One Minute Manager by Ken Blanchard, Patricia Zigarmi and Drea Zigarmi



This resource will help you to facilitate a short group session to learn from the One Idea Summary on Situational Leadership II.


  • Be able to describe the four situational leadership styles.
  • Be able to explain who each leadership style is appropriate for.


Send a copy of the One Idea Summary on Situational Leadership II to the session’s participants one week before the session. They are to read it before the session.


Introduce the session

Introduce the session by sharing the learning objectives with them.

Review the leadership styles

Put them pairs and give each group flipchart paper and pens.

Tell each pair to review what they read about situational leadership and write down a summary of their understanding. Give them 10-minutes.

After 10-minutes stop them. Allow each pair to feedback their summaries.

Next move on to explore what situation each leadership style is appropriate for.

For what situation?

Tell them that, having reviewed the four leadership styles, they are going to identify what type of situations each leadership style is appropriate for. To do this write the following information on flipchart paper.

  • Ola is a new team member, she is excited and highly motivated about the job but new to the sector. She’s learning most things from the beginning.
  • Debbie is a team leader who’s been with the organisation for 7 years. She seems demotivated and bored. She’s experienced and good at the job.
  • Alan has been in the organisation for just over a year. He’s still learning but can do lots of things well. Some recent experiences have knocked his confidence and he’s not very motivated.
  • Arla has been with the company for 3 years. She’s confident and loves the job. She mostly manages her team’s projects and is able to get things done on her own.

Split them into small groups and tell them to discuss and be ready to give feedback on which leadership style is fit for which person and why. Give them 10-minutes

After 10-minutes stop them and listen to each group’s feedback. When they finish give them this information.

Tim is motivated but has low competence. Appropriate leadership style is Direction.

Debbie has high competence and very experience but demotivated. Appropriate leadership style is Supporting

Alan has gained some competence but is low on motivation and confidence. Appropriate style is Coaching.

Arla is a self-directed worker. She is confident, motivated and able to do things on her own. Appropriate style is delegating.

Then move on to conclude the session.


To review and close, tell them that:

During this short session you reviewed the four leadership styles and discussed some situations and what leadership styles are appropriate. It will be useful for you to do some of your own research on situational leadership and practice applying the styles.

Close the session.


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