The Psychodynamic Approach


Situational Theory




Difference in the leader follower relationships

In the Psychodynamic approach leaders would often encourage their followers to face their fears and to stop anxiety by motivating them. Leaders do that so that followers can find their inner self. In the situational approach, leaders adapt their style to demands of the followers, so leaders tend not to push their followers to do something they think the follower cannot do.

In the Psychodynamic approach, leaders motivate their followers by determining the followers behavior. In the situational approach, the leaders look at the competence and commitment level of their followers and then they decide to either coach, support, delegate, or direct.  

The Psychodynamic approach is mainly supportive due to the fact leaders they help their followers find their inner self.  

Situational and Psychodynamic

As we know, the situation approach focuses on how effective leaders should be able to adapt to a person demands in different situations. Great leaders show a strong degree of flexibility. Leaders adapt to the followers by the level of the followers competence and commitment.   

Leaders are complex and are able to adapt their style to match the developmental levels of followers. Leaders should first be able to recognize and read others feelings and skill level to determine what kind of style should be used.

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