Posts Categorized: Leadership

holding the space

There is an aspect of leadership that gets little attention in the popular management press. It is about holding space. Holding space means protecting the boundaries so that people can work. Nations hold their space through laws, treaties, and armed forces. Organizational leaders need to hold their space so that people can work. I do… Read more »

leadership is a continuous duty

I had a conversation with a flight attendant on a long overnight trip last year. Most of the passengers were sleeping and we had time for a nice chat. We swapped a few stories. I’m always interested in how organizations are viewed by the people nearer the bottom than the top of the hierarchical pyramid…. Read more »

leadership in the rear-view mirror

I doubt that students at Stanford thought they would become sadistic prison guards when they entered that university, primed for higher learning. I doubt that the teacher who gave electric shocks to a “student” had planned that as part of her day. I doubt that when budding physicians enter medical school, any plan on torturing… Read more »

leadership for the network era

Power and Leadership The TIMN [Tribes + Institutions + Markets + Networks] model shows how society grew from a collection of tribes, added institutions, and later developed markets. These aligned with revolutions in communications: from oral, to written, to print. The network era began with the advent of electric communications, though it is by no… Read more »

Social leaders create value

Simon Terry’s value maturity model is based on the guiding principle of collaboration at the organizational level, not the process level. This means everyone has to be connected to the overall mission, and not just focused on their part. Goal oriented conversations keep all people in the organization connected. An employee who is challenged to… Read more »

Social leadership

What is social leadership? Simply put, it’s shifting the focus from you to we. All organizational leaders are part of complex human social networks. The great fallacy of leadership is that leaders control. Control is a mirage. The most effective leaders right now–men and women–are those who embrace traits once considered feminine: Empathy. Vulnerability. Humility…. Read more »

Good leaders connect

Why do organizations need leaders? If you think about leadership from a tribal, institutional, or even market perspective, then it is about controlling information and appropriately using the power you have been given, in order to achieve the organization’s aims. But communications have changed that, as we move into the network era, a move that… Read more »