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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 its for the best to stop trying to be a perfect leader. Leaders should find others who can offset their limitations and complement their strenghts. A framework of distributed leadership is provided. This leadership model mentions 4 important capabilities: sensemaking, relating, visioning and inventing. Do you agree we should stop expecting so much of leaders in organizations?


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


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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 complement strengths is important. Not only does it address limitations of each leader but it also enhances the organizations capability to respond to emerging situatons better. Different situations require different leadership styles, by building a team with complementary strengths dramatically increases an organizations ability to deal with different circumstances.

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