Previously, we explored what a leadership style is (read the post here). In this post the the activity will focus on what the four leadership styles under Situational Leadership are.


  • Display the slide titled – FOUR LEADERSHIP STYLES.


  • Tell them that there are four leadership styles which are shown on the slide.
  • Let them know that instead of you describing the styles you will let them discover what they are through a quick activity.
  • Display the slide titled – EXPLORING THE LEADERSHIP STYLES.


  • Use the information on the slide to set them up to do a quick group activity where they will read the leadership styles and summarise them back to the group.
  • Break them into four small groups using the ‘breakout rooms’ function.
  • Give them 6-minutes for the activity.
  • When 6-minutes is up, stop them and bring everyone back to the main room.
  • Then ask each group to present back their summary starting from the group in room 1 through to the group in room 4.
  • When they finish, thank them for doing the activity and then display the slide titled – DIRECTIVE AND SUPPORTIVE BEHAVIOUR.


  • Tell them that:
    • Each leadership style is a combination of Supportive and Directive behaviour.
    • Supportive behaviour is about listening, asking questions, facilitating, praising, and explaining.
    • While directive behaviour is about structure, organise, teach, and supervise.
    • Directive behaviour is about explicitly telling people what to do while supportive behaviour is about working with people and encouraging them to make more of their own decisions.
    • It is the combination of these two behaviours in varying proportions that helps to determine each leadership style.
  • Click on the slide to display all the leadership styles. Tell them that:
    • You can see how each leadership style is determined by the combination of both high and low supportive and directive behaviour.
    • But how do you determine which leadership style to use to support a team member?
    • According to situational leadership, the leadership style you choose will be determined by the development level of a person.
    • Next, let’s explore the various development levels.
  • Display the next slide titled – EXPLORING THE FOUR DEVELOPMENT LEVELS.

The activity in the next post will focus on the four development levels identified in Situational Leadership.

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