The Case Against Parental Leaders

The old industrial model of leadership positioned leaders as parent figures, knowing better. This erodes engagement, relationship building and flow of information. The model was based on the simplistic, naive and ultimately inaccurate assumption that any one of us could know more than all of us. The Information Age alternative argues that we are smarter together. This position leaders as facilitators empowering people to leverage shared knowledge and acceptance of responsibility for the whole. Here leaders are not parent figures. They are committed to connection and engagement. This is the new model required for high performance cultures.