There has been so much focus on Employee Engagagement - the impact on organisational performance with a disengaged workforce. Yet perhaps organisations need to focus more closely on their Leadership and Management capabilities.
It’s as if we’ve forgotten what leadership really is, and confused it with what it isn’t. A leader’s fundamental role isn’t merely to perform the same tasks as yesterday, just more efficiently; it is to redefine the idea of performance entirely. If we only promote “high achievers” should we be all that surprised when we just get more of the same? The job of leaders is not taking power, but empowering. When leaders empower people through a higher purpose, they don’t have to “create buy-in” to win over. A leader should inspire people but in the truer sense of the word: breathe life into possibilities. Make it more possible for the rest of us to dare, imagine, create, and build. Leadership is in an uncertain place. We long desperately for better leaders. But perhaps it's our longing that’s the problem.