Leadership and the One Minute Manager by Ken Blanchard

Book Review: Leadership and the One Minute Manager

I was pretty excited about the Situational Leader® update to Leadership and the One Minute Manager by Ken Blanchard.  I’ve read most of the series and gotten something out of each one.  The Situational Leader® concept struck a chord with me because the manager is described as a Chameleon.  The manager changes himself based on the experience and needs of the people he is managing.  I love this idea.  It’s beautiful to me, the idea of someone changing so that someone else can be successful. 

Some of the worst managers you hear described or see parodied in movies are ones that are so rigid they miss the point and fail to connect with their team members.  If you haven’t had a manager like this, you likely know someone who has.  In contrast, the Situational Leader® recognizes that a new team member needs more and different help than an experienced one. 

As with the other books in this series, Leadership and the One Minute Manager is a quick read and paints a clear image of what a successful leader looks like.

Implementing Situational Leadership

Ken Blanchard and Scott Blanchard caution that becoming a Situational Leader® requires communicating with your team about what you're doing.

Discussion Questions

  1. Describe a time you interacted with a leader who failed to be a Situational Leader®.  In what way did that person fail?  How did it make you feel?
  2. How might the experience have gone differently if the leader acted more like a Situational Leader®?
  3. Even if you weren’t familiar with the phrase Situational Leader® at the time, describe a time you interacted with someone who embodied this.  What do you remember most about the interaction?
  4. Of the different qualities attributed to a successful Situational Leader®, for which do you need the most improvement in your own life?  What step do you intend to take first to change this?
  5. Which quality would you say you are currently strongest at?
  6. Did any of the qualities attributed to a Situational Leader® surprise you?  If so, which ones?
  7. In general do you agree with the premise of the book?  Why or why not?