Advisor Styles

Situational advising allows you to change your advising style to match the development needs of the individual or organization you advise.  Your advising style is the way you advise when you work with someone.  It is how you conduct yourself, over time, when you are trying to influence the performance of others.  Below is a chart displaying various advising styles, a description of the style, and an example of when to use the style.  You may find the need to vary these based on your assessment of the students/groups readiness level.  Many times, advisors may struggle with students because they believe that they need a higher level of interaction or direction when the student is actually able to accept more of a delegating style and vice versa.

Advising Styles

Adapted from ACPA Advisor Manual, 5/2011