Tuesday, September 2, 2014

An Important Choice

Every day we as leaders come to a fork in the road about how to lead people and our companies through change. Each path is a viable one and each path needs to be considered carefully because it has strategic and operational impact. The key is to make the right choice at such a moment.

One choice highly effective, strategic leaders make is to determine whether or not to utilize executive leadership or legislative leadership. This concept was first explored by Jim Collins in Good To Great and the Social Sectors: A Monograpgh to Accompany Good to Great, 2005. As he wrote, “In executive leadership, the individual leader has enough concentrated power to simply make the right decisions. In legislative leadership, on the other hand, no individual leader - not even the nominal chief executive - has enough structural power to make the most important decisions by himself or herself. Legislative leadership relies more upon persuasion, political currency, and shared interests to create the conditions for the right decisions to happen.”

At this time period, there will be many decision points which require executive leadership and others that will demand legislative leadership. The key is to know which is the right choice and why. 

This week, pause and figure out where you are going. Then, figure out which form of leadership to use. The choice is important to the short and long term health of the organization.

Geery Howe, M.A. Consultant, Executive Coach, Trainer in Leadership, Strategic Planning and Organizational Change Morning Star Associates 319 - 643 - 2257

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