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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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Inspired by what Carsten Schloter told me once. Later I found out it quite matches Christopher Avery's responsibility process Once upon a time there was a dwarf.
Story by Bernhard Sterchi on May 1, 2016
The First Line Manager: You Have Got to Have Passion About Our BusinessA President of a major electric utility summarized his executive team meeting with the following statement.
Story by Jim McGriff, Jr. on May 31, 2013
Lately, I read an article in Business Week by a so called expert… in the second sentence the expert made the comment that you should love what you do.Recently, on Good Morning America a reporter was i
Story by Jim McGriff, Jr. on May 5, 2015
people engagement 1.0 is dead having an arrangement that creates significance & certainty, some variety and strong connection will flow to contribution & growth (innovation & discreti
Story by Wade Keenan on July 11, 2011
There is a big difference between concensus decisons and colloratvie decisions. One is much more effective because the decision is closer to the worker.
Story by Jim McGriff, Jr. on July 13, 2015
I have no intention of adding to the twisted mythology of leaders as special creatures.
Story by Eric Kaufmann on July 18, 2013
First line managers must use wisdom to make effective decisions. They must reconciled differences between people and processes. When we think of wisdom we usually think of King Solomon.
Story by Jim McGriff, Jr. on April 9, 2015
Vested interest exists. This means an individual has a special interest in protecting or promoting that which is to their own personal advantage.
Story by Jim McGriff, Jr. on February 16, 2016
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

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