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Redefine the work of leadership

“There is a need to move beyond the heroic model of leadership—because most leaders aren’t, in fact, very heroic.”

The era of the all-wise, all-powerful leader-as-decisionmaker is over. Leaders must become savvy social architects—individuals who are capable of building environments that engender extraordinary accomplishment. To make this transition from “command and control” to “motivate and mentor,” organizations need to develop leaders who are capable of building commitment and alignment without resorting to the traditional tools of bureaucratic control. The goal: an organization filled with leaders who lift everyone up.

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Redefine the work of leadership

“There is a need to move beyond the heroic model of leadership—because most leaders aren’t, in fact, very heroic.”

The era of the all-wise, all-powerful leader-as-decisionmaker is over. Leaders must become savvy social architects—individuals who are capable of building environments that engender extraordinary accomplishment. To make this transition from “command and control” to “motivate and mentor,” organizations need to develop leaders who are capable of building commitment and alignment without resorting to the traditional tools of bureaucratic control. The goal: an organization filled with leaders who lift everyone up.

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The very first project I ever worked on to improve leadership and workplace communication, I did the only thing I knew how to do in starting the project.
Story by Skip Weisman on August 23, 2011
Whirlpool Corporation recently added the “bow” to the rock-solid and deeply embedded Double Diamond process which focuses on discovery and development of new opportunities in the front end.
Story by Moisés Noreña on August 7, 2011
BORN Ontario delivers innovative management by enabling highly-trained professionals to manage themselves. An environment of “Management by Information,” provides tools for superior healthcare.
Story by Mari Teitelbaum on July 18, 2011
Co-Authored By David King
Utilizing a robust set of idea management software solutions, O.co also known as Overstock.com, has created open and engaging communities that allow collaboration and innovation by all stakeholders ac
Story by Roger Johnson on July 18, 2011
This is the story of BIZZARTS, a concept that was born out of the conviction that art can make an important contribution to the business world, both economically and creatively.
Story by Luc Galoppin on July 18, 2011
Information in the companies is stuck between front line employees and middle management.
Story by Andreas Stokas on July 18, 2011
As we got an assignment of a rather conservative German based electricity supplier to start a organizational development process after an employee survey.
Story by Markus Schwemmle on July 17, 2011
The TELUS Leadership Philosophy (TLP) supports the evolution of TELUS (a national telecommunications company in Canada) into a customer focused, highly collaborative, connected and engaged e
Story by Dan Pontefract on July 15, 2011
"My Customer" is the platform Best Buy created to unleash and amplify the powerful voice of its 100,000+ frontline employees to share what they heard or learned from daily interactions with
Story by Steve Wallin on July 14, 2011

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