Theory U: The origin of leadership is irrelevant
Dr. Luis De La Cruz, Professor, United States
Individuals at the top, middle, and bottom of the organization could informally personify leadership without a hierarchical role, as part of a process to create value despite changing conditions according to Cashman (1998) and Scharmer (2007).
The origin of leadership is irrelevant, whether it comes from senior or junior leadership, the creation of value, trust, and satisfaction is what counts. Value creation originates with the individual, and extends to others in various forms of generating demand, sustaining profitable and reciprocal exchanges to attain participants’ mutual satisfaction (Scharmer, 2007).
The “we” is the team leader’s noun, which identifies who receives credit and by default creates trust; no longer leading is the monopoly of one player (Drucker as cited in Ghani, 2006).
Value and satisfaction framed by trust are internally driven agents; agents influenced by changing conditions and sought in the persona of leaders and followers not for what they do but for whom they are (Cashman, 1998).