Situational Leadership Theory is really the short form for “Hersey-Blanchard Situational Leadership Theory” and draws major views from contingency thinking. As the name implies, leadership depends upon each individual situation, and no single leadership style can be considered the best. For Hershey and Blanchard, leaders should adopt a different style based on the confidence and competence the person or team has regarding the task before them.

We use the following matrix to describe the theory: