Leadership in the Age of Complexity: From Hero to Host
For too long, too many of us have been entranced by heroes. Perhaps it's our desire to be saved, to not have to do the hard work, to rely on someone else to figure things out. Constantly we are barraged by politicians presenting themselves as heroes, the ones who will fix everything and make our problems go away. It's a seductive image, an enticing promise. And we keep believing it. Somewhere there's someone who will make it all better. Somewhere, there's someone who's visionary, inspiring, brilliant, trustworthy, and we'll all happily follow him or her. Somewhere...
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By David Archer, almost 4 years ago
A classic article from Margaret Wheatley.
Reading her book 'Leadership and the New Science' 10 years ago was a real eye opener for me. I really like the section in the article on the illusion of control and the idea that 'Heroic leadership rests on the illusion that someone can be in control.' Most of the situations that I work in involve multi-party collaborations where the challenge for their leaders is to learn how to share control across a system - and that's not something that is taught in many business schools! But based on the lessons I've learned from working with collaborative leaders over the years I think there are some pointers to success - for examples see my article in The Edge magazine at:
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