Posts Categorized: Leadership

three pillars of leadership

“Hierarchical authority is much more effective at securing compliance than it is in fostering genuine commitment.” —Peter Senge Senge and his team have identified three types of leadership in organizations. Local level — to experiment Executives — to support local level & model behaviour Networkers — to make connections between people Leadership today is all… Read more »

connecting leadership

What is leadership? In the past year I have written many posts on the subject from a variety of perspectives. Much of it is about ‘connected leadership’ — where people must be both teachers and learners. Neither training programs, nor even coaching, are enough. Leadership by example through experience becomes the key. Connected leadership is… Read more »

beyond government and markets

The key to our transformation toward a network society is citizen sensemaking. The thinking that got us into our current state of affairs will not get us out. Hierarchical leadership, even in democratic governments, is inadequate for the complexity of a networked society. Our governments seem to be completely unprepared to regulate surveillance capitalism, let… Read more »

we don’t need another hero

People in leadership positions are very busy — too busy it seems. “CEOs attend an endless stream of meetings, each of which can be totally different from the one before and the one that follows. Their sheer number and variety is a defining feature of the top job. On average, the leaders in our study… Read more »

toward a network society

Our current triform society is based on families/communities, a public sector, and a private market sector. But this form, dominated by Markets is unable to deal with the complexities we face globally — climate change, pollution, populism/fanaticism, nuclear war, etc. A quadriform society would be primarily guided by the Network form of organizing. We are… Read more »

the universal mother

Umair Haque has written what some might consider a controversial article on why AOC [US Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez] short-circuits the conservative mind and why the universal mother is the antidote to the authoritarian father. “The universal mother is the antidote to the authoritarian father. Think about it. Reflect on it. Remember it. Treat the bizarre… Read more »

authority plus reputation

According to Daniel Mezick, there are two systems in an organization — formal and informal. Leadership is exercised through authority in the formal system, and through reputation in the informal one. Combined, Mezick calls this simply, ‘hierarchy’, which he says is neither good nor bad. It just is. I would agree that both exist. We… Read more »

in the beginning was the word

A fairly lengthy article in The New Humanist — Are we city dwellers or hunter-gatherers? — questions the accepted wisdom that it was agriculture that domesticated hunter-gatherer societies and as a result imposed hierarchies and created societal inequalities. The authors cite many discoveries of hunter-gatherer societies that managed to organize on a massive scale and… Read more »

embrace the snowflakes

Q. Why in the age of the internet does the British army need the ‘snowflake generation’ more than ever? A. Their compassion in dealing with local populations, and their technological prowess, are essential qualities in any modern military operation Major Heloise Goodley, army chief of general staff’s research fellow at Chatham House, says that new… Read more »

cooperative leadership

Last week I hosted a video chat on the changing nature of leadership. Part of the discussion was on the changing needs of society as the dominant organizing forms shift — from Tribes to Institutions to Markets, and now to Networks. We are currently in a post-modern phase transition where the vestiges of the old… Read more »