from Three Minute Leadership
The great leaders can emerge from any part of any organization, whether they have a position of authority or not. As Dan Ebener and Borna Jalsenjak write in their new book, Leadership for the Greater Good, “Using the word ‘leader’ to include everyone who makes it to the top is a disservice to the whole idea of leadership”, which they define as “a voluntary, interactive process that intends adaptive change”.
Ebener and Jalsenjak state that leadership is an activity not a position. It is voluntarybecause coercive measures are never leadership. It is interactive because it requires dialogue with the people who are closest to the problem to lead adaptive change. It is adaptive because organizations must tackle the relentless challenges which Ronald Heifetz describes as having “no easy answers”. Adaptive leadership calls for flatter structures, bolder strategies and a more open culture, all of which will encourage even more leadership to emerge organically.