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Leader On Demand

Allowing leaders to organically emerge

Exchanging the old boss for a new boss is not situational leadership. True situational leadership—flexible, effective, evolutionary—can only arise from self-management. And that means that situational leadership doesn’t change fundamentally with circumstances. It is always about giving up control– Ricardo Semler


In a Nutshell

Imagine a team meeting where a manager is discussing a set of problems with the teammates. Typically, the manager brings up the problem, the team members closest to it share a few details, offer updates and raise any concerns. Then, the attention reverts to the manager: He/She not only decides how the problem should be tackled, but also assigns who should do what. Such conventional management might offer the reliability that companies require, but they eclipse the need for adaptability and innovation.

Now, imagine the same meeting with just one fundamental variation: The manager willingly steps off their pedestal and allows the discussion to naturally identify the person(s) most keen on solving the problem(s). In essence, the manager and his teammates understand that it’s a level playing field and that the person leading the team efforts should be someone who’s mastered a relevant process, equipment or faced a similar challenge in the past.

Such a system helps people, irrespective of their job title, to exhibit leadership and shine individually. It makes for speedy resolution of issues when team resources are lead by someone who knows the most about the issue, instead of someone who has the bigger title or more days in the company. In other words, anyone from an intern to a senior level employee can assume the lead on any issue they feel passionate about resolving.

 

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