January 20, 2009

Memories…(and leadership)

Just some quick thoughts I wanted to share...

As I mentioned in my previous blog I have been working on the transformational theory-actually I am thinking of combining it with the transactional theory-, anyway I found something that related to my first presentation here at MBE. Probably, you dont remember but my first presentation was on the comparison of the excellence models during CBE module.

I recall that when I was talking about how much does Deming, the EFQM model and the MBNQA emphasise leadership, I made a comment about leaders supporting non-leaders. When the presenation was over Paul asked me what I ment by this statement, and whether there is such a thing as non-leaders...To cut a long story sort the meaning was that most people can be leaders -in their own special thing- provided they are given such opportunity....

Quite surprisingly-or maybe not- during my research about transformational leadership I discovered that according to the academics a genuine transformational leader is supposed to create new leaders.... His duty is to empower and emancipate his followers in order for them to lead themselves....

Isn't that grand..??

I personally find it so altruistic, because its not about yourself anymore but about what you can do for others...Its beyond the common idea, where the staff works for the manager, it should be both ways the one working with the other and for the other.

I don't think any other way can really work.... 

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  1. That happens quite often to me as well, realising that things I thought are actually supported by theory…

    20 Jan 2009, 23:19

  2. It seem to me that the question posed is a rather technical point.By non leaders we mean people who contribute but no actually steering the direction of the group. Yes, there is no such thing as non-leader because everybody can lead in different situations. An IT expert may be a supporter in a strategic initiative to build digital database, but on the project level, he may be the leader who directs what roles his subordinate should undertake, and how softwares should be used.
    But it also seem to me that just because everyone ‘can’ doesnt mean everyone ‘will’. Being given the opportunity is important but I reckon the ‘will or ‘desire’ to lead is the main determinant. A true leader not merely grab opportunity when it comes around but he creates it.

    24 Jan 2009, 06:28

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