Musings, leadership tidbits and quotes posted by a retired Navy Captain (really just a high performing 2nd Class Petty Officer) who hung up his uniform a bit too early. He still wears his Navy service on his sleeve. He needs to get over that. "ADVANCE WARNING - NO ORIGINAL THOUGHT!" A "self-appointed" lead EVANGELIST for the "cryptologic community". Keeping CRYPTOLOGY alive-one day and Sailor at a time. 2015 is 80th Anniversary of the Naval Security Group.
Monday, March 25, 2013
definition of friend leadership
Friend leadership occurs when a peer, within a predominantly
homogeneous group, is selected by someone outside the group to oversee, guide,
and care for his group and accomplish objectives that are imposed externally,
as well as developed internally.This
homogeneous group is similar in age, experience, and expertise.Typically, the group has been together for an
extended period of time and interacted as peers, without any senior-subordinate
relationship.The peer who has been
raised to a leadership position also has a number of close personal
relationships with individuals within the group.Friend leadership is a distinct subset of
peer leadership, differentiated by the group’s homogeneity and intimate social
ties.When a West Point cadet becomes a
Platoon Commander, when an Air Force Academy cadet becomes the Wing Commander,
when a Naval ROTC midshipman becomes a Battalion Commander, these individuals
will, by definition, be leading friends.
unique characteristics of friend leadership
Friend leadership has a unique set of characteristics that
cause this type of leadership to be particularly demanding.Though some of these attributes can be found
in more traditional leadership settings, they have a tendency to dominate in
friend leadership.These characteristics
friend leader is trying to find the balance between leading and maintaining
friend leader typically has limited leadership experience at the level to which
appointed.This results in a crisis of
leader is experiencing loyalty tensions—the tension among loyalty to the
organization, loyalty to the group, loyalty to individuals, and loyalty to
friend leader has limited authority to punish or reward his subordinates.
members of the group feel jealousy towards the appointed friend leader.
members of the group question the selection process that elevated the peer to a
resolution between the friend leader and group members is particularly
Because of these unique
attributes, friend leaders need to develop and demonstrate certain personal
attributes and implement specific strategies to become successful.These attributes and strategies are outlined
in the following sections.