Can we really run organizations without leaders? Yes, says organizational consultant Jeffery Nielson in this provocative book.
According to Nielsen, it's time to stop structuring businesses as "rank-based" organizations run by a privileged elite who are so isolated from the front lines that they are downright counterproductive. Debunking the leadership myth, Nielsen calls for an end to leader-based corporate hierarchies, which foster secrecy, encourage miscommunication, and steal the joy and dignity from work. His new paradigm is the "peer-based" organization.
No matter how you feel about Nielsen's theory of leaderless organizations, you are sure to find this book thought provoking. It will challenge your assumptions about the role of leadership in modern organizations.
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My purpose in writing THE MYTH OF LEADERSHIP is to make organizational life for all of us as meaningful, joyful, and prosperous as possible. A book also, I believe, needs to influence, if not change, the way a reader views the world. Hopefully, reading this book will positively affect your perception of the possibilities of life in organizations. My book is not meant to answer all the technical questions surrounding organizational management and design, but to introduce a new paradigm and point out a possible path to follow as we create peer-based organizations. The key idea to keep in mind as you think about how you can apply the book to your experience is the distinction between rank thinking and peer thinking.
I define rank thinking as the belief that only a few in any organization should be given special privilege to monopolize information, control decision-making, and command obedience from the vast majority either through coercive or manipulative power. Peer thinking, on the other hand, is the belief that everyone in the organization should have equal standing to share in information, participate in the decision-making process, and choose to follow through persuasive means. Peer thinking assumes that we each have equal privilege to speak and an obligation to listen. Peer-based organizations create a space--an arena--where we come to recognize and respect one another as equal participants in organizational life. The message of the book applies to our family, our workplace, and our community life together.From the Inside Flap:
As individuals, we share many basic values and desires. Yet when we join an organization, we're immediately slotted into a hierarchy based on a caste system of "leaders" and "followers." We then become trapped in what author Jeffrey Nielsen calls the "myth of leadership"--a set of false assumptions that divide our efforts, limit our growth opportunities, and rob us of meaningful, dignified work.
In this unconventional book, Nielsen calls for an end to "rank-based" organizational structures, which foster miscommunication, corruption, and abuse of power. He argues that our obsession with leadership has blinded us to the fact that top-down, hierarchical control doesn't work. It creates top-heavy, inefficient organizations that are slow to adapt to changing business conditions.
Nielsen's new model is the "peer-based" organization, which relies on peer leadership councils and cross-functional task forces. These new entities are better suited to making decisions based on organizational competencies and customer needs, rather than on static functional groups or other artificial divisions. The author uses real-world examples from contemporary peer-based organizations to help make his point for creating leaderless organizations.
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Descripción Nicholas Brealey Publishing, 2011. Paperback. Estado de conservación: New. Nº de ref. de la librería DADAX0891064001
Descripción Nicholas Brealey, 2011. Paperback. Estado de conservación: New. Nº de ref. de la librería P110891064001