Here are a few great articles I’ve read recently on different models of leadership that follow the tenet ‘the responsibility of a leader is to create more leaders’, instead of thinking about a leader as someone who’s always at the front of the pack, making decisions & admitting no wrong.
- Leadership in the age of complexity: moving from leader as hero to leader as host. This 2002 interview with Margaret Wheatley is also an interesting read.
- On humility and being wrong: a great Forbes piece on finding a more authentic kind of leadership, where everyone at every level in an organization is a leader, and where total honesty is crucial
- Do you want the good news first? Thomas Friedman on how to be a great leader, you “‘have to think of yourself not as a designer but as a gardener” — seeding, nurturing, inspiring, cultivating the ideas coming from below, and then making sure people execute them’.
And a couple nice little examples of collective leadership in action:
- School to be led by teachers: A school in Maine moves to a cooperative leadership style, ditching their principal in favour of a team of teachers
- Why there are no bosses at Valve: the million dollar company with no managers. One of the more fascinating reads I’ve come across lately is their staff handbook, which they’ve recently made public.