Wednesday, December 02, 2009

Leadership Paradox

To be a better leader, give up authority.

From HBR. Of course!


....We call such practices “mutualism.” It involves measuring workers not against revenue or other numerical goals, which we have observed to be ineffective as motivational tools, but against qualitative values such as trust, responsibility, and innovation. And it implies that leaders don’t dictate vision or strategy; instead, they enable employees to create a common vision through, for example, off-sites for discussion of strategic issues and regular feedback and education. Hitting numerical goals has been the natural outcome.


Yayaver said...

Nimmy, quite agree with you on the fact that "To be better leader, give up authority."--- Quite agree. Inclusion of co workers can't be made without sharing power and responsibilities. It also helps in preparing future leaders. But as all people say, power corrupts.

Nimmy said...

I think it takes a lot of self-confidence and self-esteem to not let power corrupt! :-)