Dreyfus Skill Acquisition & Hersey-Blanchard Situational Leadership

When I read about the Dreyfus Model of Skill Acquisition I couldn’t help to notice the resemblance with the The Hersey-Blanchard Situational Leadership® Theory I wrote about in a previous article.

Here is the updated table after the connections have been made:

The Dreyfus model of skill acquisition Maturity Level Leadership Style
Novice M1: Low maturity S1: Telling
Advanced beginner M2: Medium maturity, limited skills, lacking confidence S2: Selling
Competent M3: Medium maturity, higher skills, lacking confidence S3: Participating
Proficient M4: High maturity S4: Delegating
Expert Creates according to his vision

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