Dr. Paul Hersey, behavioral scientist and entrepreneur best known for the Situational Leadership Theory was born in 1930. Hersey is presently a distinguished professor of leadership studies at Nova Southeastern University.
An interview done by Schermerhorn quoted Hersey talking about his theory. Hersey says he doesn’t consider situational a theory but a model. The difference is that a theory is something that you construct to analyze it and study its process and a model can be replicated. Hersey went on to summarize that the model is not about being effective as a leader but about matching the behaviors of leaders. These are the behaviors used to influence other people. Situational Model has trained more than 14 million managers in nearly 1,000 businesses and organizations.
Dr. Hersey worked with Dr. Blanchard on the situational model; however Dr. Blanchard who attended Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, has written many books to support his title as a leadership guru.
Dr. Ken Hartley Blanchard a Jersey born New York native is an American Author, management expert who sold over 13 million copies of his book. His book, One minute Manager, has been translated into 37 languages and is known internationally. Blanchard has written other books dedicated to the behaviors of leaders, such as; One Minute Apology, a powerful way to make things betters and Whale Done, the power of positive relationships. He currently runs a consulting firm co-founded by his wife in 1979. The Ken Blanchard was named one of the top ten leadership professionals by the international leadership guru in 2007