The Organization of Leadership IJune 5, 2018
Section 1: Dimensions of an Organization
In our last series we discussed a shift in mentality from traditional ‘boss’ to a leader/partner mindset, one that puts a new focus on the organizational design of leadership. Driving this change not only requires a focus on developing people, but also an organizational design that harnesses their potential.
Management by Missions research shows that more and more businesses are organizing courses and training programs that develop leadership. In addition, there is a growing push to develop this capability among employees in all spheres and at all levels of the organization.
Some might see this as an isolated trend. However, this tendency is part of an evolving approach that is directly related to generating a competitive advantage in business. Understanding this is important because the need for leadership, throughout the entirety of the organization, will almost certainly continue to grow in the future.
The importance of leadership today is a consequence of an evolving paradigm that we call the four basic organizational dimensions of a company: work, power, knowledge and leadership.
Work involves functions and tasks; power, the ability and authority to make decisions; knowledge, the management of information and talent; and leadership, the ability to influence beliefs, attitudes and behavior.
These four dimensions can be structured according to the sphere in which they occur (people or processes) and according to the organizational level at which they develop (formal or informal).
At an individual level, each of these dimensions provides a certain capacity for action, as well as a greater capacity for creating a competitive advantage. However, the greatest potential of these dimensions lies in their collective and coordinated development across complex organizations that involves tens, hundreds or even thousands of people.
Organizations with the largest competitive advantage are focusing on the development of their leadership at all levels, including but not limited to, high potentials. This results in not only individual growth but ultimately a true transformation in culture.
As the series continues, we will explore the four basic dimensions of an organization (work, power, knowledge, leadership) & how they relate to an organization’s competitive position.