New Thinking On Leadership: Collaboration And Empowerment
New thinking about leadership views it as a co-operative enterprise, context-based, founded in trust and oriented towards the goal of the good of the whole team. Challenging the idea of leadership as the exercise of power, the new notion sees it as a shared effort, a collaboration something like a jazz band whose members weave their own tunes into the whole, creating an edifice that is always original and compelling. It promotes individual creativity which is seen as contributing to the collaborative effort.
Leadership, then, is about inspiring trust, about allowing people to grow as individuals, and creating the conditions in which the whole team can succeed. True leaders help individuals develop self-confidence, allowing them to choose the tasks to which they are best suited. They understand that empowering employees leads to greater productivity and better results.
A leader can create a workplace atmosphere that is cordial and pleasant. A simple “Good morning” to a staff member can have significance and meaning that outweigh the effort made in the greeting. Acknowledging the importance of all workers and their contribution is an attribute of true leadership.Leadership dares to begin by giving favors, not asking for them.
Challenge Your Team
A true leader creates challenges and tension, but helps team members to meet those challenges. True leadership is moral and sincere, not manipulative. It is not based on pulling strings, and treating workers as puppets with no will or thoughts of their own. Leadership is rather a claim based on personal qualities rather than on occupying a position of authority. Its’ authority is based on personal example and achievements rather than the power of the institution.
Improve the World Around You
True leadership is dedicated to making the world a better place, working with the flow rather than creating obstacles. Leaders acknowledge their responsibility for problem-solving, rather than ignoring them. True leadership values both sameness and difference; through sameness the team connects with each other, while different abilities and opinions help everyone to learn and grow.
Define Your Own Story
The key to being a leader is to define your own story. Programs at the Future Leadership Initiative help organization, teams and individuals develop the new values and qualities of leadership through programs, knowledge and research. Programs are tailored for the needs and goals of upper, middle and first line managers.
Programs for senior managers are geared to the goals of achieving directorship in a global context. Leadership programs for middle managers help them to develop their leadership identity. Programs for first line mangers deal with the concerns of those starting their careers. Senior team leadership programs are customized for the collective and individual goals of senior management teams. The 19 thoughts workshop functions as an inspiration session for the company, to identify future trends in leadership.