‘Command and control’ leadership doesn’t cut it any more by Jim Fisher and Rose Patter at The Globe and Mail on 21 August 2013
This article speaks to the need to adapt the leadership style for today’s reality – yesterday’s rigid hierarchy does not offer the necessary flexibility in a fast-changing world. The key principle that the authors give in making the change is to empower your followers and have them guide their actions in accordance with the ‘golden rule’ – treat others as you would want to be treated.
“The leader must engage and energize the work force through extensive local empowerment, while at the same time keeping close control of the direction and critical points of the enterprise’s competitive advantage.”
If you provide your followers with a clear vision, simple guidelines and empower them, it will be easier for them to take action appropriate with your organizational direction AND in line with the ‘golden rule’.