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The movie 'Office Space'.
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In the movie Office Space, Michael, Peter and Samir are the subordinates of Lumberg. Lumberg's leadership characteristics are odd to say the least. However, these characteristics do fit into the Hershey-Blanchard situational model of leadership. This particular model suggests that leaders need to adjust their leadership styles depending on the readiness of their followers to perform in a given situation.
In applying the Hershey and Blanchard model it is seen that Lumberg uses a telling relationship with his employees. A telling relationship is one in which the supervisor would give specific task directions and closely supervise the work of his employees. This kind of relationship is one of high-task (guidance) and low relationship (support). People using this style believe that their employees are unable and unwilling to perform tasks given to them.
This kind of relationship can first of all be seen in how Lumberg criticizes everything any of his subordinates do wrong. When Peter forgets to put a cover letter on his TPS reports Lumberg tells him what he has done wrong on a couple of occasions while hovering over his desk. The low level of relationship can be seen in that he
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