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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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Retention of people who think differently is tricky in traditional-thinking organisations where traditional-thinking managers continuously recruit into their own image.
Barrier by Heidi De Wolf on May 3, 2013
If we look at all the crises our world is in, we definitely need some sort of societal renewal strategies. The crises put more and more pressure on it.
Barrier by Louis Dietvorst on December 6, 2011
My work is about the establishment of ‘standardised methodologies’ for the measurement of time in continuously assessing and maintaining the health of an organisation.  The application of fai
Barrier by Kurt Rieger on November 28, 2011
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Barrier by Vivek Chandra on October 17, 2011
Designers are innovators, problem solvers, and implementers.
Barrier by jagadesh subash on May 21, 2011
The mass retirement of organisations’ current leadership over the past few years, has and still is putting pressure on organisations, to re-examine their recruiting strategies to ensure that the a hig
Barrier by Busi Nkosi on May 4, 2011
I don't know if it is just me, but it seems that in various forums participants seem to place a lot of bearing on the source of an idea rather than its content.If an idea is mooted by someone who appe
Barrier by Gavin McLeod on December 18, 2010
Essentially, because the MBA industry has been teaching leadership and proclaiming to provide satisfactory leadership education and training for a great long while doesn't mean that what we do is the
Barrier by Aaron Anderson on October 26, 2010
An enormous gap exists between management's ability to understand the research and their ability to successfully transition from outdated practices to more effective, people-centric models.
Barrier by Mike Tobias on July 9, 2010