The Incomplete Leader


Donald, USA

The Incomplete Leader

I noticed a new perspective on leadership methods in HBR Feb 07 by Deborah Ancona c.s.
She argues no human being is perfect and no leader can be perfect. So maybe it's for the best to stop trying to be a perfect leader. Instead, leaders should find others who can offset their limitations and complement their strengths.
A framework of distributed leadership is provided. This leadership model mentions 4 important capabilities:
  • Sensemaking
  • Relating
  • Visioning
  • Inventing
⇨ Do you agree we should stop expecting so much of leaders in organizations?


Gurmeet, India

The incomplete leader

Very sensible observation. The concept of distributed leadership is practicable and also ensures participation and ownership across the team.

Zdzislaw, USA

Incomplete Leader is Important Idea

The idea presented by Donald is such an important idea. I see too many leadership coaches come in a... Sign up

Debbie Payne, Canada

The Incomplete Leader

The question, should we stop expecting so much of leaders in organizations, as related to being the ... Sign up

Arnaud, France

Self Aware Thus Completed Leader

I also agree with Donald on distributed leadership. Each and every "great leader" has limitations, j... Sign up

Consultant, Kenya

Incomplete Leader > Perfect Leader

A leader is one who paints a picture of the future and prospects in such a way that employees are mo... Sign up

Gregory Johnson
Coach, United States

Incomplete Leader????

As Arnaud states, "self-consciousness" is an educated reference to self awareness. One who manages f... Sign up

eustace n wachira

Acceptance of Leaders They're Incomplete

Many times those in position of leadership do not recognize how incomplete they are. They assume to ... Sign up


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