The Gentle Art of Non-Doing Leadership

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The Gentle Art of Non-Doing Leadership
Eric Garner, CEO, United Kingdom, Member
Leading others is more about following them than forcing them.
Managing people without doing anything is a strange concept for some people who believe that, to get a group of people to work, you have to direct them, control them, and push them. But when you are pushing them in the wrong direction, and against the flow, it is like pushing a river upstream: it's hard work and will probably not succeed. The alternative is to let things happen by taking your foot off the pedal and going with the flow, working with the group's energy not against it. Here are 7 ways that you can practice managing by non-doing:
  1. ATTENTIVENESS: When you practice non-doing in any leadership role, it doesn't mean that you are doing nothing. It means you are still, quiet and attentive to what is going on. In the attentive state, you are aware of what is happening in the group without needing to judge it or put a name to it. As an observer, you can decide whether a struggling group need ...Sign up

Example of leadership by Non-doing: Spanish Government
Angel Guevara, Strategy Consultant, Spain, Member
Our country (Spain) is having no government for 1 year. The president does nothing. His political party is winning support!
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Catch'em Doing Something Right
Tom Wilson, HR Consultant, United States, Member
While I generally agree with the thrust of your remarks, I would hesitate to include either "charisma" or "class" in the attributes a leader sh...Sign up

Non-doing Mistaken as no Directions
Mei Fern, Manager, Singapore, Member
Would non-doing be sometimes mistaken for the leader not having directions? Not all staff are the same; some will prefer very clear direction, ...Sign up

Non-doing Leadership Isn't Really About not Doing Anything
Halima, Lecturer, Nigeria, Member
My Head of Department can be seen working and gaining grounds. He especially assigns duties based on perceived competencies and always gives a shor...Sign up

Yes, Managing by Non-Doing is Great: If...
Malvern Jones, CEO, Member
I agree, leadership can "go with the flow" and guide the energy, but only If the group has the intrinsic capability, knowledge, experience and drive t...Sign up

Conscious Stepping Back
Ben Smith, Manager, United Kingdom, Member
@Mei Fern: If people have become used to forceful, alpha type management they will have learned how to survive/thriv...Sign up

Non-Doing Leadership is Not Always Appropriate
ADAM MAYINGU, CEO, Tanzania, Member
Non-doing leadership is just part of leadership tools where a leader, based on own understanding of the particular group or cadre of the employ...Sign up

Non-Doing Leadership is OK
Murty Magda Pane, Lecturer, Indonesia, Member
Non-doing leadership is OK when the situation and the organizational culture support it. My former chairman in my professional organization is one of ...Sign up

Non Doing Leadership as Strategic Doing
Noelle, Management Consultant, Member
A leader practicing hands-off is empowering others by leveraging trust, which is a proven method for positive outcomes and increased productivity....Sign up


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