What is Fiedler’s Contingency Model?

After assessing leadership style, it is necessary to match the leader with the situation. Fiedler identified three contingency variables to match the leader with the situation:

  • Leader-member relations—The degree of confidence, trust, and respect members have in their leader
  • Task structure—The degree to which the job assignments are procedural
  • Position power—The degree of influence a leader has over power variables such as hiring, firing, discipline, promotions, and salary increases

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