self-serving bias

The One Thing that Makes or Breaks Situational Leadership

The best leaders I’ve been exposed to are the ones who practice situational leadership. They don’t treat everyone the same or communicate in exactly the same way with everyone, instead they get to know people, gauge situations, and tailor their approach to the person and situation they are working with. Interestingly, the worst leaders do exactly the same thing… The difference is that great leaders operate based on a strong set of principles and remain true to those as they adapt to different situations and audiences, and therefore are perceived as and respected for their consistent leadership. The worst kind of leaders, on the other hand, simply make opportunistic decisions based on what’s best for them individually, or for the few people they need to keep happy to push their agenda. The former commands respect even if people disagree with their ideas, but the hypocrisy practiced by the latter makes one wonder if those who support them are actually oblivious of what is going on or are just turning a blind eye because they see something in it for themselves.