Things have changed. Attitudes towards hierarchy and motivation are very different now and there are many perspectives on what works. Teams carry out the work because we get better results by working together - empowered members who devise their own collective solutions to problems. But what should a leader be concerned with to enable the best results to be obtained?
I have kept the five main points here (for my reference) but please read the complete article (particularly for the explanation of point 5).
- Contemporary leadership is not about “leading.” It’s about creating a very particular environment.
- Contemporary leaders don’t drive for goals. They navigate for intended effects.
- Contemporary leaders base their organizational culture on individual autonomy and agency, collective responsibility, and mutual accountability.
- Contemporary leadership employs strengths-based, appreciative practices.
- Contemporary leaders recognize that one’s work integrates with, rather than balancing in opposition against, one’s life.