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The New Role Of Leaders

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The role of leadership has changed. It is no longer enough to merely plan and direct action, today we must inspire and empower belief.


Strategy in the 21st century has become less directed and more emergent.  Even the military relies less on plans and more on commander’s intent.  Corporate chieftains are following suit, experimenting with management structures such as holocracy.  Yet we need to do more than simply change policies and practices, leadership itself must be redefined.


Via Kenneth Mikkelsen, Jerry Busone, Roy Sheneman, PhD, donhornsby
Ron McIntyre's insight:

Absolutely agree but how many leaders are willing to inspire and empower?  Do you understand what this takes?

donhornsby's curator insight, May 22, 2014 10:01 AM

(From the article): Strategy is no longer a game of chess.  We can’t think only in terms of planning and execution, but need to understand how information flows and cascades self-organizearound strategic intent.  Hierarchy fails in the digital age not because it is illegitimate, but because it is slow and the world has become fast.

Today, you gain power and capability not by increasing scale, but by deepening and widening connections.  Brands have become open platforms.  Proprietary research must now compete with open innovation.  Control has become an illusion and a dangerous one at that.

Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, May 22, 2014 10:31 AM

It is a slow process to change and one of the reasons may be that we still leadership as a top down process i.e. the use of terms like corporate chieftains.


One way to accelerate the process might be in school where children learn that there are other ways to lead. Holocracies might mean that the hierarchy is fluid and constantly shifting. Schools remain very rigid in their hierarchical structures and are managed as opposed to involving the complex interchange of leading-managing.

María Dolores Díaz Noguera's curator insight, May 23, 2014 1:53 PM

The New Role Of  Leaders

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