The Leadership Grid

Leadership Definition: Leadership is the building of motivation through individuals in aid of reaching a certain set of objectives. A good leader is someone who can lead to good results, by using what he has in the best way possible.

The Leadership Grid Definition: 

After the research which gave us the task-oriented behaviour and people-oriented behaviour Blake and Mouton gave us a theory called the ‘leadership grid’. This model was made to give us a representation of a leader’s concern for the people of an organisation and the concern for production. (Blake and Mouton)

The gird is set out like a graph, with each axis going up to nine, representing how high or low the concern is for people and production. At certain points names of this type of leader is give, take a look at the diagram below;

  • 1, 1 – Impoverished Management – Exertion of minimum effort to get required work done is appropriate to sustain organisation membership.
  • 9, 1 – Authority-Compliance – Efficiency in operations results from arranging conditions of work in such a way that human elements interfere to a minimum degree.
  • 5, 5 – Middle-of-the-Road-Management – Adequate organisation performances is possible through balancing the necessity to get out work with maintaining morale of people at satisfactory level.
  • 1, 9 – Country Club Management – Thoughtful attention to the needs of people for satisfying relationships leads to a comfortable, friendly organisation atmosphere and work tempo.
  • 9, 9 – Team Management – Work accomplishment is from committed people; interdependence through a common stake in organisation purpose leads to relationships of trust and respect.

Key Learning Points

  1. How would you define Leadership?
  2. How would you define the Leadership Grid?
  3. What are the 5 main points of the Leadership Grid?