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Leadership Q&A: The Organic Horizon

Depending upon where you stand, the horizon of change to a more Organic leadership is moving closer. It is not so distant that it cannot be seen. It can be see in the first light of day as people enter work, and that speak, and plan their days. It is as close as the next decision, the next team meeting, the next planning session, or the next meeting with a client.

Organic leadership is dawning as the way for people of good will, passion and desire to make a difference that matters. In the process, they discover that their relationships as collaborative leaders are more important to the success of their work than their titles, location of their office or tenure with the company.

Their work together are characterized by:

Individual initiative to contribute
Collaborative communication and coordination of work
Values-centered approach to decision making and the measurement of success
Relationship-driven organizational structure
Giving orientation of shared benefit
Open and Adaptive capacity for change

This approach to leadership can develop in any organizational environment. The more hierarchical the more difficult, and the more dependent upon senior leadership leading the change to create a different way to function as an organization.

The reality of Organic leadership is that it doesn’t need the structure that has existed in most organizations for a century or more. It needs structure, but it is a social structure of cooperation, rather that one of coertion and compliance.

Where do you start to create this kind of leadership structure. Begin by establishing,

A Common Purpose
The Values of Collaboration
Relationships of Trust & Giving
A First-Among-Equals Leadership structure
A Shared Vision of Impact

As Organic implies, this is an approach that must be grown into,not simply implemented. It is so because the relational dimension is not formulaic. It is social and personal. As a result, it holds far greater potential of impact that the traditional Organizational structure.

For the time being, this is the last in a series about Organic leadership. Next week, I’ll begin a series on the practice of gratitude.

About the author

Dr. Ed Brenegar I'm a leadership speaker, writer and consultant who is a mentor and catalyst for change. I assist leaders and their teams in the transitions required to succeed in today's complex organizational environment. I live in Western North Carolina. I'm involved the Boy Scouts, a charitable leadership training group called Lessons In Leadership, an ordained Presbyterian Church USA minister, and am the host of the Say Thanks Every Day social network.

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