The Importance of Inspirational Leadership: LRN’s Michael Eichenwald in CLO Media

 

Effective leadership is about how business gets done, not how much business gets done. Adapting to this reality will demand a significant shift in outlook and behavior from senior managers.

In this Chief Learning Officer article, LRN’s Michael Eichenwald describes a world in which one employee can threaten a century-old brand’s reputation with one social media post, and a management team will be challenged to articulate its viewpoint on the issues of the day. In it, organizations must to rethink fundamentals, especially their relationship to society and to the natural world. Executives must ask themselves: Is my approach to governance fit for an ever-flattening world? Is my organization’s culture suited for unprecedented levels of transparency? Is middle management in my organization capable of leading through a minefield of issues each with its own uncertainties?

The primary goal for leadership development is simple: Enable workers to make wise decisions on their own. These decisions should be independent of the constraints of traditional control functions and dictates of command-and-control management. Put another way, teaching workers to do the next right thing, rather than the next thing right, is the surest way to ensure that organizations win in our reshaped world. Read more.