“This book was written in the belief that leadership is the pivotal force behind successful organizations and that to create vital and viable organizations, leadership is necessary to help organizations develop a new vision of what they can be, then mobilize the organization change toward the new vision. The main stem-winder, in all cases, is the leadership. The new leader, which is what this book is about, is one who commits people to action, who converts followers into leaders, and who may convert leaders into agents of change. We refer to this as ‘transformative leadership’ and will return to this concept throughout.
Like love, leadership continued to be something everyone knew existed but nobody could define. Many other theories of leadership have come and gone. Some looked at the leader. Some looked at the situation. None has stood the test of time.
Now, in a stasis uninterrupted by either Great Men or Big Bangs, we have a new opportunity to appraise our leaders and ponder the essence of power.
These days power is conspicuous in its absence. Powerlessness in the face of crisis. Powerlessness in the face of complexity. With contradiction and polarization of thought and action, power has been sabotaged while a kind of plodding pandemonium surges. Institutions have been rigid, slothful, or mercurial. Supposed leaders seem ignorant and out of touch, insensitive and unresponsive. Worst of all, solutions have been jerrybuilt or they have not been built at all.”
The advantage of working in a forward-thinking human resource department is that it is easy to see how poorly companies are run. It does require the right experiences, a large amount of inquisitiveness, a strong desire to seek and speak the truth, abundance of wisdom, and patience. Behavior that is NOT helpful is the need to be in the spotlight, the need to take credit when right things happen, and the need to always be right. Just a few to consider, but certainly not all of them. True leaders do not behave that way.
Bennis and Nanus have succinctly spelled out the crux of the problem in one sentence, “Supposed leaders seem ignorant and out of touch, insensitive and unresponsive. Worst of all, solutions have been jerrybuilt or they have not been built at all.” These two guys are speaking from the mid-80’s, and where has it gotten us?
I’m at the point where I don’t think the human condition is capable of understanding right leadership from wrong leadership! Basically due to the lack of role models to help learn the traits of a Transformative Leader.
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The Context Of Leadership