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situational leadership theory

a contingency theory of leadership suggesting that successful leaders use varying amounts of directive (task-motivated) and supportive (relationship-motivated) leadership, depending on the job maturity (e.g., experience, ability, knowledge) and psychological maturity (e.g., level of motivation, willingness to accept responsibility) of followers. [proposed by U.S. management theorists Paul Hersey (1931–2012) and Kenneth H. Blanchard (1939–  )]

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nervous breakdown

nervous breakdown

a lay term for an emotional illness or other mental disorder that has a sudden onset, produces acute distress, and significantly interferes with one’s functioning. Also called nervous prostration.