Talking Points Memo
This Modern World
Working for Change
Book review: Darwinia
Reviewed: Friday, August 11, 2006
Summer reading: Spin
Reviewed: Saturday, August 5, 2006
Reviewed: Tuesday, July 18, 2006
the Omnivoire's Delimma
Reviewed: Wednesday, July 12, 2006
the Golem's Eye
Reviewed: Wednesday, May 31, 2006
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.