The Tannenbaum and Schmidt Continuum, also known as the Tannenbaum and Schmidt Leadership Continuum, is a model that describes the various levels of leadership involvement and delegation. The model was developed by Robert Tannenbaum and Warren H. Schmidt in the 1950s, and it suggests that the level of involvement of subordinates in decision-making is not fixed but rather exists on a continuum.
The continuum ranges from a leader-centered approach at one end, where the leader makes all decisions, to a subordinate-centered approach at the other end, where subordinates make most of the decisions. In between these two extremes, there are several levels of delegation and involvement that leaders can adopt, depending on the situation and the capabilities of their subordinates.
The Tannenbaum and Schmidt Continuum model encourages leaders to consider the needs and capabilities of their subordinates, as well as the nature of the task at hand, before deciding on the appropriate level of delegation. The model also highlights the importance of communication and feedback between leaders and subordinates in determining the appropriate level of delegation.
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