Jack Fallow had an excellent article in the recent GO Society book, Organization Design, Levels of Work and Human Capability: Executive Guide (“On Being Heard: Insights from complexity theory
and values as touchstones for effective executive communication
across the levels”). In it, Jack talks about the values that followers seem to expect from a leader who is supposed to be at each level. I imagine that it also goes the other way: this is the type of leadership behaviours that managers expect out of their subordinates.
Here’s his table:
And what he calls his theory fits in perfectly with my last post about managing your image!
No, no, no: just pulling your leg. He’s talking about leadership that attracts followers rather than leadership that demands you obey. And, yes, before you ask, Jack is Scottish.
I’ll be referencing this quite a bit. So do try and keep up.
The rest of his article is gold, too: you will want to go to the GO Society website and sign up to download an electronic copy of the book. He starts on page 143 or so.
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