A Company of Leaders: Five Disciplines for Unleashing the Power in Your Workforce Chapter 1

A Company of Leaders: Five Disciplines for Unleashing the Power in Your Workforce Chapter 1

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Unformatted text preview: 1 1 Unleashing the Power in Your Workforce T his is a book about creating a company of leadersa workplace where people at all levels are energized to con- tribute as much as they can to realizing the organizations goals; a workplace where people at all levels show initiative, flexibility, and innovation in their everyday work and decision making; a workplace where people at all levels are as commit- ted as any executive to making the organization successful. Our goal is to show how you can change your behavior and your or- ganization to unleash this kind of power in your workforce. In this book, we will demonstrate that creating a company of leaders requires empowered leadership. From our years of re- search and practice, we now know that empowerment comes Spre.Chap1 5/25/01 11:02 AM Page 1 2 A Company of Leaders from within, not from administrative programs. Empowered leadership begins with you. It requires you to take a hard look at yourself to see whether you are modeling the very mindset and behavior you seek from your people. Such empowered lead- ership must then be complemented with a special kind of work environment where your people will be stirred to take initiative to further the collective purpose of the organization. This kind of environment leads to increased commitment and spontaneous contributions on behalf of the organization. Creating this kind of empowered leadership and environment requires what we refer to as the disciplines of empowermentthe disciplines that allow you to unleash the power within your workforce and cre- ate a company of leaders. Does a company of leaders sound too good to be true? We maintain that this kind of organization is not only possible, it is es- sential for competitive advantage in todays marketplace. Consider the following two examples of truly high-performing workplaces. Too Good to Be True? Just Ask These Companies Our first example comes from some work we did recently with a well-known pharmaceutical company. The example begins as we relay our experience with their top management team. As we started our session together, our colleague asked the top manage- ment team to make a list of the strengths of the company. They did. As the list grew, and despite my initially positive feeling, we began to suspect that they were posturing. The list was too good to be true. The characteristics were outside the normalized realm of organization. Consider their claims: We are proactive: When a product is still climbing in the market, we move on. Spre.Chap1 5/25/01 11:02 AM Page 2 Unleashing the Power in Your Workforce 3 We shape practices in the market. We love responding to a challenge. We think big and seek success at all costs....
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A Company of Leaders: Five Disciplines for Unleashing the Power in Your Workforce Chapter 1

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