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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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Establish an environment to allow ideas to grow within a company.  An incubator gives support for a new idea.  Universities, notably Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, have used this method t
Hack by Brendan McComb on September 18, 2010
We are at a historic and momentous socioeconomic inflection point where remarkable progress and deep crisis have converged to create an uncertain scenario.
Hack by Sudhir Chadalavada on May 10, 2012
How does a leader attract and retain valuable talent? It is often difficult to find out what motivates people to stay or leave.
Story by John Schwarz on January 5, 2011
Is the transition from “command and control” to “motivate and mentor” the right idea?Just moving from one idea of what leadership is to another?Maybe a change is to see that our idea of what leadershi
Hack by Mark Higgins on May 5, 2010
This Hack considers two types of entity, the not-for-profit and the modern non-hierarchical company of the innovation economy, and suggests some simple ways that each can learn and adopt from the othe
There is no future for any pure -ism including capitalism. Life is too complex and interdependent for that. We need organic institutions with a clear view of purpose and values.
Story by Mickey Huibregtsen on May 2, 2012
No money, no power, no establishment but leading more than US $1.5 billion organization to enter a new manufacturing technology and make a global business out of technology developed by me.
This Hack proposes options and opportunities for radical change to all levels of traditional operational processes by moving the organisation to the Web 2.0 space.
The language we use in describing innovative ideas is very important.  So, although MIX wishes to redefine leadership, its efforts are still, albeit unwittingly, seeped in the traditional ideolog
Hack by Joe Raelin on July 23, 2010
I've been lucky enough to hear Hamel in person recently,  & something he said struck a chord...
Story by Jonty Monopoli on September 16, 2010

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