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Leadership and followership
Sunday, April 16, 2006

When I read the following in Authentic Business I slapped my head and said "of course".

The fundamental weakness of hierarchical leadership is followership. The stronger a hierarchical leader is, the greater the weakness they create in others. By taking responsibility for something, you take it away from someone else, and a person without responsibility reverts to childhood neediness. The conditioning of our society is to follow and, faced with a strong hierarchical leader, most of us will settle back and let them take responsibility for us.

I think that this is important and often unrecognized both in society and in business. I also think that this is one of the many reasons that Open Source and Agile methods are so effective. They are empowering.


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