I am occasionally tempted to become a bit of a professor, having been an organizational psychology teacher for a few years at ISEG, the Lisbon School of Economics and Management. This urge happened today and I could not resist amending this slide:
In the military, I used to pull ranks whenever I saw something I disliked but this is definitely not the case. Quite on the contrary, sometimes a commander-in-chief expresses a view or a thought and the lower ranks are immediately placed in a “yes-sir” mode.
That would be the case if I were a BCG (Boston Consulting Group) senior consultant or even a partner, whenever my company’s chairman said something about Leadership, I would probably and politely would say ‘you are quite right’.
But fortunately, that is not the case and very respectfully to Hans-Paul Bürkner, I am handing over an amendment to his leadership credo in the true spirit of an amendment:
a minor change or addition designed to improve a text, piece of legislation, etc.
In the last IAF (International Association of Facilitators) Regional Conference, the theme was “The Urge for Facilitative Leadership”. When I was asked to intervene I said: “this is BS! In real life business leaders are on the opposite side of facilitation”.
The original slide from the BCG, reveals just that. The leader must be willing to listen but then to decide and “sell the action plan” in order to have employees’ buy-in.
In my company, this is sometimes also true. But the results from my experience are never as good as if we adopt a “facilitative leadership” credo.
In spite of the US recent elections, I believe the world today is begging for such a change in leadership style. We need more collaborative leadership. That’s why I proposed these modest yellow amendments to the in-depth expertise of BCG on Leadership. This video from Keynote Speaker Laurens Schrijnen (Ministry of Transport, Public Works, and Water) will help to amplify the context.
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