Is transformational leadership really the answer? Following last issue's coverage of training using transformational leadership and a series of papers in FIRE advocating this line, our correspondent questions if it is really necessary to move from the situational leadership approach.(Learning & Development)

THE GRAINY IMAGES OF TWELVE O'clock High will still feature in the memory of many a Fire Service officer. The case study of Adair's situational leadership theory seem very appropriate to me and I am sure rang a similar accord with most of my peers; however seemingly no longer.

The Fire and Rescue Service continues in its throws of trying to reinvent itself. There is no doubt that the challenges that it has had to face and the clear sense of direction that it must demonstrate are real and just, but where are the reality checks? We are fast down the road of adopting a model for readership that is appropriate to the Service given the terms of the modernising agenda.

I would ask, does the transformational readership model meet our needs any more than the situational model or in fact does the new model satisfy the requirements of the blossoming diverse organisation where diversity is a key feature of leadership and leadership styles? …

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