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LEADERSHIP IS A PROCESS OF SOCIAL INFLUENCE, WHICH MAXIMISES THE EFFORTS OF OTHERS TOWARDS THE ACHIEVEMENT OF A SHARED GOAL.
Monday, May 28, 2012
What style of leadership works and what doesn't work in an organisation?
1) Strict hierarchical decision-making doesn't work. Shared consciousness or ‘smart autonomy’ - is what works.
Everyone — not just those on the top rungs of the organisational ladder — has to be empowered, but they must still look out for the needs of the whole organisation, not themselves.
2) Information ownership doesn't work. That's when people protect what they know without sharing it with others. It's a hindrance to an organisation.
It makes you more powerful but it makes the organisation weaker.
Inclusion and transparency is what works. Allowing information to flow between parts of an organisation, helps formulate ideas and foster trust.
3) Organisational equity doesn't work. It's the idea that everyone within the organisation is trying to make things "fair" for them in relation to their colleagues.
Having teams is what works, because it encourages collaboration and supports that "shared consciousness" idea.
If everybody on a football team scores plenty of goals, but you lose matches, you lost!
4) Command and control doesn't work. Micro-managing and imposing your will over much of an organisation stifles people.
Trust is what works. Without it, it's impossible to have autonomous parts of an organisation.