The situational approach to leadership is one that focuses on adapting style to the demands of different situations, which requires listening before communicating. In other words, it is doing what works best in any given situation or environment after gaining an understanding of the environment and your followers. We have probably all done this to some extent; I know I have. I learned fairly quickly that what works well in one organization may not necessarily work well in another, when I tried using the same method of motivation for team that had been well-received in a previous organization, only to have it meet strong resistance in the new one. What about you? What is an example of a time when you adapted your leadership style to fit a particular circumstance or need? How did listening help you with this? Please share in the comment box below.