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 and create expectations that no one could ever satisfy. The idea of building a leadership team to co...

  Debbie Payne, Canada

The Incomplete Leader

The question, should we stop expecting so much of leaders in organizations, as related to being the "perfect leader" strikes me as odd in some ways. My sense is we should be expecting more of leaders...

  Arnaud, France

Self Aware Thus Completed Leader

I also agree with Donald on distributed leadership. Each and every "great leader" has limitations, just like every human being. The difference is that they are self-conscious of these limitations and ...

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 motivated to accomplish such defined goals. Alone the leader is nothing, but when there is effective l...

  Gregory Johnson
Coach, United States

Incomplete Leader????

As Arnaud states, "self-consciousness" is an educated reference to self awareness. One who manages from a position of self and environmental awareness is usually ahead of the game. Critical to being a...

  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 have all what it takes for their positions. I have noted that people with ideas do not have power an...


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