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We've heard of organic and mechanistic organizations, but organic leadership? What's the main difference between the two types of organization? In mechanistic organizations, direction can be deliberately decided and planned.Read more: Organic Leadership
Advocates of servant leadership have admirable values and aims. It is thus unfortunate that they confuse the meaning of leadership with its application. We need a different concept, one that everyone can accept: the post-heroic manager.Read more: An Alternative to Servant Leadership
Are leaders in business like military Generals or is business now more like guerilla warfare? In the old days, the Chief Executive could lead the charge from the front - making all the decisions. Competing in complex, knowledge intensive businesses is more like fighting a guerilla war.Read more: Leadership and Guerrilla Warfare
The Harvard Business Review's collection of articles on leadership is a highly respected source of information about the meaning of leadership. But how up to date is it? Two articles that seem rather dated are those by Abraham Zaleznik, originally published in 1977 and the one by John Kotter, first published in 1990.Read more: HBR on Leadership
We spend a lot of time thinking about leadership. When things go wrong, we blame leaders - a useful scapegoat. When we feel anxious, we look to leaders to make us feel better. As the pressure to succeed grows, so does our need for leaders. What does it say about us that we so strongly need leaders?
We are told that leaders inspire others and facilitate success. But we shouldn't confuse motivation and coaching with leadership. We need to get back to the basics of what leadership is all about. Leadership has always been, fundamentally, about indicating what direction to take.Read more: Exhibiting Leadership
The Alliance for Servant Leadership offers the following guidelines for servant leadership. They are meant as guidelines for servant leaders to discover and apply for themselves in a way that best suits their situation. They aren't meant as rigid rules or criteria.Read more: Principles of Servant Leadership
The idea of situation based leadership has been around for a long time and is still popular, even if mainly in academic circles. The traditional idea is flawed because it presumes that leadership is about how the boss makes decisions.Read more: Situation Based Leadership
If someone asks whether you are a leader you might say no because you don't have that sort of role. To make matters worse, you may look up to leaders to such an extent that you don't think you could ever be one yourself.Read more: Are You a Leader?
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