SLII®. Powering Inspired

Create Success With A Situational Approach to Leadership

The pace of change today is so disruptive that visionary leadership is a requirement. Managers need a leadership training program that helps them be agile, lead situationally, and empower their people to succeed.

SLII®, the most widely used leadership training program in the world, teaches leaders how to build meaningful connections with coworkers that create exponential impact. When this happens, employees are more productive and engaged. And their organizations excel.

SLII is far more than a powerful leadership training program. It delivers exceptional ROI across the enterprise.

Training program based on 30+ years of research | Ken Blanchard


SLII is based on 30+ years of research on leadership and work passion, incorporates the latest advances in neuroscience, and has evolved with the changing workplace.
SLII model that improves productivity


More than 10,000 companies have used SLII to improve productivity, reduce turnover, plus increase sales and profits.
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Creates Inspiring Leaders

SLII satisfies the brain’s need for competence, autonomy, and relatedness, creating a safe workplace where employees are free to problem-solve, innovate, and collaborate.
SLII training backed by brain science

Universally Effective

SLII works for leaders globally regardless of industry, language, or job function. SLII teaches leaders to give their people the right direction or support at the right time.

Give your leaders the tools to inspire and accelerate performance.

Using Only One Leadership Style Doesn't Create Meaningful Connections

Research shows that employees need different levels of direction and support depending on their level of competence and commitment. But most managers use only one leadership style—and the results are costly: turnover, disengagement, diminished productivity, missed opportunities, and more.


of leaders use only one leadership style, regardless of the situation.*


of the time, leaders are using the wrong leadership style to meet the needs of their people.

Great LEADERS Build Meaningful Connections

Great leaders give their people what they need, when they need it. That means having authentic conversations that empower. Caring about their growth. Being their champion. Seeing their promise.

Leading situationally is a dramatic departure from management styles of the past. And it’s an approach that produces dramatically better returns than other management styles.

Managers using an SLII style help accelerate development


SLII helps managers accelerate the development of their direct reports from enthusiastic beginners to self-reliant achievers.

The SLII model instills a common language within an organization

Speak a common language

When managers and team members speak the same language, misunderstandings, micromanaging, and frustration fade away. Issues that were once emotionally charged become productive exchanges.

Leaders who use an SLII style increase retention


Leaders who match their style to the needs of their people improve morale, commitment, and engagement. Who would leave a job like that?

Applying SLII theory creates proactive problem solvers


Research shows that employees who feel supported by their manager are far more engaged—and that is the foundation of innovation.


SLII is an easy-to-understand, practical framework that enables your managers to diagnose the development level of an employee for a task: D1 – Enthusiastic Beginner; D2 – Disillusioned Learner; D3 – Capable, but Cautious, Contributor; and D4 – Self-Reliant Achiever. Managers then use the appropriate directive and supporter behaviors to help them succeed: S1 – Directing; S2 – Coaching; S3 – Supporting; and S4 – Delegating.

Our award-winning learning design, The SLII Experience, incorporates Blanchard’s latest research and state-of-the-art design theory. This creates a learning experience that allows for quick mastery of the methodology and enables managers to help their direct reports soar to new professional heights.

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Flexible Delivery to Meet Your Needs

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Live In-Person

With hundreds of facilitators around the world, we can deliver The SLII Experience™ to your managers face-to-face or conduct a T4T for your trainers.
Live Virtual Classroom

Live Virtual

Your managers can participate in live, virtual training sessions and experience SLII® from their homes or offices.
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On-Demand Digital Solutions

SLII® Online lets your managers learn the methodology wherever they are and whenever they have time.
On-Demand Support Tools

On-Demand Support Tools

Post-session tools such as the Kenbot for SLII, the SLII App, and SLII Clicks ensure that learning doesn’t end when the class finishes.

SLII® ONLINE: Engaging, Self-paced, and Scalable

The SLII training experience includes real-world practice activities
Micro-Activities – Eight bite-sized modules ranging from 1 to 20 minutes
The SLII training experience includes real-world practice activities
Leadership Tendencies Tool – Helps participants discover their strengths and opportunities for growth
The SLII training experience includes real-world practice activities
Interactive Exercises – Fun, engaging activities including videos, games, stories, case studies, and online discussions
The SLII training experience includes real-world practice activities
Manager-Led Debriefs – Optional debriefs allow learners to collaborate with peers, discuss learnings, and practice their new skills
The SLII training experience includes real-world practice activities
Searchable Tools for Success – A variety of activities and tools that help managers practice and master skills

Sustainability Tools To Reinforce Learning

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KenBot™ for SLII®

Kenbot for SLII is a chatbot that helps learners apply and master the skills taught in SLII through personalized conversations. The bot provides just in-time support with quick answers to common questions and links to videos, worksheets, tools, and assessments. It can also send reminders on key tasks such as One-on-One conversations and provides opportunities for sharing insights with other users.

Kenbot for SLII uses AI to run on any mobile device that supports SMS/text messages and Microsoft Teams, Slack, Facebook Messenger, Salesforce, WebChat, and other popular platforms.

The training experience includes real-world practice activities


The SLII App is a go-to reference tool that helps leaders apply the SLII Model to real world situations. The App can be used at critical moments, allowing managers to quickly diagnose an employee’s leadership needs for a specific task. Then, it provides the corresponding conversation guides to quickly prepare managers for a productive discussion.

The SLII App features a tool to diagnose an individual’s development level on goals or tasks, tips on what to do to help implement the principles of SLII, and an interactive SLII Model that shows the key characteristics of each development level and matching leadership style.

Building Trust Clicks offers quick mobile trust tips

SLII Clicks

SLII Clicks is an on-demand performance tool that learners can use to reinforce or brush up on specific skills during moments of need. This set of 12 micro activities provides bite-sized bits of knowledge that help provide quick answers to immediate problems. The playlist includes videos, activities, articles, and worksheets on topics such as your natural leading style, keeping top performers engaged, when direction is micromanagement, and setting SMART goals.

Sample Click:
How to Talk about Goals

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Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield

“An Anthem leadership consultant conducted an impact study to show that SLII applications have made a significant impact on the company’s culture. 79.8 percent of managers indicate that they are comfortable using multiple leadership styles; 68.3 percent of managers indicate they are better able to manage the performance of their staff using SLII skills. It appears that a dose of SLII was just the prescription needed to create organizational health at Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield!”

Anthem Leadership Consultant
Bridgepoint Education

“The streamlined participant materials and engaging videos make the concepts of SLII come alive. This isn’t just a lecture course. Participants spend time practicing the fundamentals of SLII so that they can start applying the new skills immediately.”

Shannon Wellman, Director of Talent Development, Bridgepoint Education
HCL Technologies, LTD

“Employee turnover has decreased from 22 percent to 16 percent, and based on third-party research, HCL has gained high marks for employee engagement and satisfaction. As a final benchmark, repeat customer business has improved from 74 percent to 92 percent, a testimony to the organization’s focus on transformation.”

HCL Technologies, LTD
Wolverine Worldwide

“When they realized developmental coaching and feedback needs to be more task focused instead of only people focused, the light bulb went on. They suddenly understood that the way they work with an employee needs to vary depending on the task at hand. Now instead of thinking a staff member is just having an off day, managers look at the situation in terms of what they can do differently to help that person meet their goal.”

Toni Freeland, Director of Learning and Development, Wolverine Worldwide

Ready To Get Started?

SLII® can be delivered face-to-face, virtually, online, or as a combination of learning modalities. Contact us today to learn more about how you can use SLII to empower your leaders to build meaningful connections that drive exponential impact.

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“Why It’s Crucial To Take a Situational Approach To Management”
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