Features vs. Functions of #Leadership

Colleen makes an excellent series of points in her latest blog regarding the various aspects of leadership. The idea that 3 out of the 4 leadership levels relate to others is a great point and worth investigating.

Thinking is Hard Work

There are four “levels” of leadership we see in most organizations:

  1. The leader – developing self, developing character, being self-aware
  2. Leadership of others
  3. Leadership of teams
  4. Leadership of organizations

Have you noticed something interesting about this list?  Only one of these four levels of leadership are about the leader. The leadership of others and of teams is about relationships. The leadership of organizations is about stewardship, about processes to ensure the long-term survival of the organization and about vision (and maybe a bit about leading others & teams). Yet most of the blog posts, discussions, research and thoughts about leadership are leader-centric – the traits, skills and behaviours (the “features”) of the leader.

I recently read a great article in the Ivey Business Journal about corporate governance. In it, Knud Jensen argues that we are too focused on the features of a board (who is on the board, how…

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