Recently I overheard a discussion about the concept of leadership within my company. The word makes me smile since a couple of years. There are many ideas and definitions about this word.
After attending the Problem Solving Leadership Workshop (2011) & the Change Artistry Workshop (2013), my view about leadership is summarized in a poem and a statement;
If you are a good leader,
Who talks little,
They will say,
When your work is done,
And your aim fulfilled,
“We did it ourselves.”
— Lao Tse —
“Leadership is the process of creating an environment in which people become empowered.”
— Jerry Weinberg —
This environment must contain three ingredients:
- Motivation–the trophies or trouble, the push or pull that moves the people involved
- Organization–the existing structure that enables the ideas to be worked through into practice
- Ideas or innovation–the seeds, the image of what will become
Note: creating the environment is hard work, destroying it is easily done.
It is time to re-read “Becoming a Technical Leader an organic problem-solving approach” again.