Thinking More About Leadership

Recent events in an organisation I am only too familiar with have again set me thinking about leadership and the need to develop leaders who are empathic, emotionally intelligent and who recognise the worth and importance of the people within the organisation. Life is complex, work is complex and we need leaders who are able to recognise that and to empower the people in the organsiation to make choices, experiment with different ways  of doing things and to develop mastery and a sense of intrinsic self fulfillment. Not an easy task and traditional ( whatever they might be!!!) and remote leaders in this day and age simply do not cut the mustard.

 

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One Response to Thinking More About Leadership

  1. Bruce Watson says:

    I have long had difficulty with the way “leadership” and “leader” have been portrayed by many authors and largely based on a few questionable survey results or biased observations – it makes me think of an individual superhero [THE leader] but overlooks completely the “followers”.

    There is some interesting reading in:

    Courageous Followership recognizes that to be effective at almost every level of an organization, individuals need to play both the leader and follower role adeptly.
    http://www.courageousfollower.net/about-the-books/the-courageous-follower/

    The Art of Followership is a collection of essays that puts dynamic leader-follower interaction at the forefront of discussion. It examines the multiple roles followers play and their often complex relationship to leaders. With contributions from leading scholars and practitioners from the burgeoning field of leadership/followership studies, this groundbreaking book outlines how followers contribute to effective leadership and to organizations overall.
    http://www.courageousfollower.net/about-the-books/the-art-of-followership/

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