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