How it was
The relationship between leader and followers has changed over the past 50-years and is still changing. Leaders used to command-and-control workers, who were seen to be basically lazy, having to be told exactly what to do, and motivated only by security and money. Leaders had top-down authority and a tight rein on workers who could not be trusted to do good work without control.
In the ‘70s and ‘80s more democratic models emerged. Workers were seen as responsible and motivated to do a good job, even without tight controls, punishment, and reward. This led to a less rigid leader-follower relationship, one more focused on creating happier, productive workers. The tools for doing that, however, were unclear.
The New Leadership
Over the past decade or two, there has been even more change in how leadership is viewed. We see more emphasis now on a leader’s capacity to build and sustain an inclusive and high-trust relationship with a loyal, capable, and motivated followership. Continue reading How the new leadership learns from those with a stake in their success.