What Is Effective Leadership?

The bottom line question becomes “What is effective leadership?”

Within our thinking, leadership is effective to the degree that the structures of meaning have the power to:

1. Adhere, develop, or maintain a strong collective experience at the desired level

2. Vigorously interpret experiences within the collective, e.g. make events sensible to different individuals

3. Vigorously interpret experiences of the group within some larger context, e.g. the experiences of American producers in an international market

I believe that sometimes a good question can be far more useful than an answer. Effective questions can point us in useful directions. So I’ll leave you with one for your pondering:

What are the assumptions you have about leadership, and how has this concept of leadership challenged these assumptions?


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