I’ve updated Active Leadership to add a section on problem-solving teams and the action learning process for organizational development, and to reflect some of the changes in organizational life in recent times. I may publish it in a more traditional format at some point, but right now I just want to make it available for free to anyone interested in leadership in organizations. Below is the introduction.
Leadership in Organizations: Are You Really Sure You Want to Do This?
(If so, here are some Practical Insights and Tips for Success)
I’m only partially tongue-in-cheek with that title. These readings are updated from my earlier book Active Leadership. It was a simpler time, and it seems there have been a few changes in the world since then.
However, human nature has not changed. Neither has the need for the collaborative effort made possible by organizational structure. People still must join forces to get work done and still need competent leadership to be successful doing that. If anything, good leadership is now more important than ever. The stakes are higher and the situations we face are more complex and politically toxic. Good leadership remains a matter of problem-solving, communication, relationship-building, integrity and sustained effort. You will see these themes reflected in many of these notes. I’ve presented these previously as the conceptual framework of the I-Competencies: Intellectual (head); Interpersonal (heart); Integrity (guts); and Intensity (will).
Leadership is also about common sense. And there’s nothing common about common sense. But we have no choice other than to do the best we can with the resources we have, and to build new resources where we can. We tend to lose sight of the fact that, by all objective measures, we live in the best of times. And we humans, however flawed we can be, have always found ways to innovate and solve problems to get to a better place on the other side. Here’s to your journey!
Here’s the link to the PDF: Leadership in Organizations (Active Leadership 2.0). I hope you find it useful.
All the best, and have fun!