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.
Thursday, November 7, 2013
Food for thought
The traditional approach to leadership can encourage a submissive,
dependency mentality in ‘followers’, while simultaneously setting up senior people to fail. As
time passes, it becomes clear that ‘leaders’ are not the all-knowing heroes we hoped for, but are
human and fallible. Then disappointment sets in. Organisations often respond by changing the
people at the top in the hope that someone else may be tougher, wiser, more experienced and
can do it better.They rarely do. And the organisation fails to reap the benefits they might have
gained from encouraging more collective forms of leadership that could harness the experience
and knowledge of all employees. We have to do better than this.
We need to make better use of the knowledge, skills and experiences of all the people who are
involved in the organisation and have a stake in its future.
We suggest that anyone at any level can take a leadership action.(CDR Sean Heritage talks to this point on his blog HERE.) Therefore we suggest that we
move away from this view of leadership as being about the people at the top. We need to find
ways of tapping into the collective purpose and understanding of the organisation through
creating a sense of community and shared ownership. (I have been preaching this to a small but appreciative choir for 10 years.)
Moira Nangle and Christina Schwabenland University of Bedfordshire