The writer’s overall approach to this is by adapting the Hershey Blanchard situational leadership model. Applying all the four types of the situational leadership style of directing, coaching, supporting and delegating; and those style selections are based on the trainees’ ability and willingness level. The writer focuses on the development of the trainees and according to Blanchard, the development progresses from D1 to D4. The spectrum of developing to developed from D1 being trainees are low in competence and high in commitment, D2 being having some competence and low in commitment, D3 being high in competence and variable in commitment and D4 being highly competitive and highly committed.
It is critically important for the writer to identify his trainee’s development level because the next ‘so what’ is for the writer to match the situational leadership style to apply for each development level. Blanchard suggested that the directing style best suited the D1 level trainees, this style encompasses in clear and specific directive and close supervision.
The coaching style matches the D2 level trainees to encourage their confidence and enthusiasm. Feeding them with both directive and supportive behavior; engages in two-ways communication to help builds their confidence and motivation while keeping the responsibility and decision making by the instructor.
The supporting style in the other hand well suited the D3 level tradesmen where they are actually competent but with variably deviated commitment level. The deviation in their motivation as resultant of their confidence and insecurities. The writer roles in this case would be actively listen and facilitate the tradesmen, in this way will elevate their commitment level.