Fiedler's Contingency Model

At early theorist in the contingency approach to leadership was Fiedler.

Fiedler developed his contingency theory of leadership based on studying a wide range or group situations.

Fiedler focused on the relationship of leadership and organisational performance.

Fiedler is known for this work and his Least Preferred Co-Worker (LPC) scale.

Fiedler's work focused on the favourability of leadership situations and three variables in that situation:

  • The leader-member relations
  • The task structure
  • The power in the position held by the leader

These three variables produced 8 different combinations of situations.  Fiedler then suggested that different leadership styles will have different impacts in different situations.

Fiedler's work has been much criticised but provides a useful insight into the understanding of leadership.

Use this topic to help understand Fiedler's findings about leadership styles and their affect on performance.  Use this knowledge to further your understanding of leadership and examine your style against Fiedler's findings to see how you you can change situations to make your leadership more effective.

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