Leader as Partner

Bell, Chip R.
May 2005
Leadership Excellence Essentials;May2005, Vol. 22 Issue 5, p5
This article focuses on the five tools used by the leaders to influence followers. In democratic settings, leaders resort to humanistic means, like selling such as outlining the benefits of pursuing a goal. Colorful communications is popular with leaders who rely on their charismatic style or their compelling message. However, were charismatic communication a prerequisite for effective leadership, organizations would hire talented thespians and actors. Leaders incent the "good child" who acts in sync with the goal. The parental overtones may seem subtle to the leaders but they are clearly felt by those who acquiesce for acceptance. Partnerships are first power-free relationships. In some ways, partnerships are "marriages of equals" with a common vision, shared values, but with different talents. Everyone in the partnership is responsible for the results and quality of cooperation.


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