This is an example of an environmental characteristic—more specifically, a situation with high task structure. Because there is only one way to do this task, directive leadership is not needed. Supportive leadership leads to higher outcomes with structured, simple, repetitive tasks.

You have just taken over a management position at the Green Schools Initiative, a nonprofit dedicated to helping students and their teachers protect the environment by taking green actions whenever possible. The very capable employees in your group have been working with the agency for a long time. 

They skillfully accomplish the many complicated, difficult, and challenging tasks required to create new sustainability campaigns, despite the fact that they get few monetary rewards for their work.

 Because employees are high   on ability and their tasks are complex   , according to goal–path theory, you should use the participative   style of management in this example.