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 ⇒ Level 4 Diploma in Adult Care ⇒ Level 4 Diploma Optional Units ⇒ Unit 650 Understand professional management and leadership in health and social care or children and young people’s settings ⇒ 3.4 Explain why leadership styles may need to be adapted to manage different situations.

3.4 Explain why leadership styles may need to be adapted to manage different situations.

Qualification: Level 4 Diploma in Adult Care Optional Units
Unit: Unit 650 Understand professional management and leadership in health and social care or children and young people’s settings
Learning outcome: 3. Understand the skills of professional management and leadership in health and social care or children and young people’s settings
Assessment criteria: 3.4 Explain why leadership styles may need to be adapted to manage different situations.

  • Different situations can call for different leadership styles to be adopted
  • For example, inexperienced staff may require a more directive leadership style, whereas more experienced staff will require less direction
  • In emergency situations (such as an individual fainting), there probably won’t be enough time to use a democratic style where everybody can give their input. Instead, a more autocratic style would be used to ensure that everyone is coordinated quickly.
  • In situations where a team is highly specialised, competent and confident in their roles a leader may decide to give them more autonomy in their work and use a more laissez-fairre approach

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