Focused Leader Profile

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The Focused Leader Profile identifies 3 factors to help leaders narrow their focus, analyze work group situations, and determine how to respond effectively.

No two work group situations are necessarily the same. And with so many complex variables to consider, what makes a leader effective? The answer is focus and flexibility.

According to the well-known work of Fred Fiedler, "the best style of leadership is determined by the situation in which the leader is working." The Focused Leader Profile - A Situational Approach to Leading Work Groups, adapts Fiedler's work to the practical concerns of today's leaders. By examining three critical factors - relationships, task clarity, and power base - this powerful tool helps leaders narrow their focus, analyze work group situations, and then determine how to respond most effectively.

How It Works

The profile presents leaders with eight work situations and four possible responses. In scoring the instrument, they generate two profiles - one for style effectiveness and one for leadership flexibility. Next, leaders are introduced to the "Three Factors of Focused Leadership" and then learn how analyze these factors when choosing an effective task/relationship-oriented approach to address work group situations. Interpretation of Profile results and action planning help leaders apply their learning to a current work group situation.

To provide further practice in analyzing situations and choosing an effective leadership response, the facilitator guide also includes a complete three-hour workshop.

Uses and Applications

The Focused Leader Profile is appropriate for leaders of groups or teams at any organizational level. Flexible enough to be used as a stand-alone instrument or as a component in a larger leadership-training program, it's the perfect starting point in helping leaders to think in terms of the "situation-ality."

Focused Leader Profile has a variety of applications including:
  • New supervisor/manager training: Use the profile as a baseline for new managers. Coupled with an explanation of the theory and the "Three Factors" of a situation, new managers have a foundation for developing and fine-tuning their management skills.
  • Refresher training: Use the profile as a pre/post application. By taking the profile twice, managers gain a comparison and help in identifying areas of strength and improvement
  • Component of a longer training system: Use the profile as part of a supervisory or leadership development curriculum.
Learning Outcomes
  • Understand that leadership is situational
  • Learn the three key factors leaders should use to analyze and respond to work group situations
  • Identify appropriate task- and/or relationship-focused responses
  • Develop personalized action steps for responding to a current leadership situation


According to Fred Fiedler and his researchers, all leadership is situational - meaning that a leader should base behavior on the situation in which he or she finds him or herself. Fiedler and his group concluded that each leadership situation needed to be examined from three angles.

In the Focused Leader Profile - A Situational Approach to Leading Work Groups, the HRDQ Research and Development Team adapted Fiedler's work to the practical concerns of people who make group leadership decisions every day. The instrument identifies three factors to help leaders narrow their focus, analyze work group situations, and determine how to respond most effectively:

  • Relationships among the leader and the group members
  • Clarity of the task
  • Leader's power base

Product Details

Facilitator guide includes:
  • Administrative guidelines
  • Theoretical background
  • Rationale
  • Reliability and validity
  • Experiential learning methodology
  • Description of the "Three Factors of Focused Leadership"
  • Complete three-hour workshop design
  • Alternative training designs
  • Five optional activities
  • FAQ
  • Sample copy of participant guide
  • Convenient binder format
Participant guide includes:
  • Eight-item assessment
  • Pressure-sensitive response form
  • Description of the "Three Factors of Focused Leadership"
  • Interpretive information
  • Action planning

Product Type: Assessment

Time Required: 3 hours

What to Order

Order one facilitator guide per trainer and one assessment per participant. Facilitator support materials will be available to you as a digital download link in your order confirmation.

About the Author

The HRDQ Development Team creates soft-skills learning solutions that help to improve the performance of individuals, teams, and organizations. At HRDQ, we believe an experiential approach is the best catalyst for adult learning. Our unique Experiential Learning Model has been the core of what we do for more than 40 years. Combining the best of organizational learning theory and proven facilitation methods with an appreciation for adult learning styles, our philosophy initiates and inspires lasting change.