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post-heroic leadership – why organizations need a new model of leadership which no longer reveres heroes
Historically, a leader is the person ‘in charge’. We see leaders as charismatic, powerful and influential figures who can adopt ‘heroic’ qualities when needed. So when someone becomes a leader, they often feel compelled to act in this way. Unfortunately, this can give them an inflated sense of their own importance, leading them to adopt an ‘authoritarian’ leadership style. Which may not be the best approach for the individual or the business.
Today, organizations need far more agility, responsiveness and innovation in their approach. These are far more likely to flourish from multi-disciplinary working and collaborative decision-making. It’s no longer appropriate to command and control others. Organizations need leaders to take their team members with them. This can only be achieved if leaders establish trust with other people and value different opinions.
A post-heroic approach to leadership can better access untapped talent and improve performance, as it frees up the workforce to be more agile and innovative. Read the full article here - why your organization needs post-heroic leadership.