Managers and Leaders

In all systems culture determines thinking and behavior. As one author put it we are all mind-slaves. Many managers are mind slaves who believe that culture cannot be changed. This assumption implies that organizations cannot excel. If I believe this proposition why would I invest? Many managers are not invested in what they do. Neither are their people.

Leadership transcends culture. It is based on moral power. When we increase our own integrity, we become unique and free from cultural expectations. We do what is right for the organization even though the culture seeks to punish our positive deviance. Leadership is caring enough to suffer for the organization that would punish us for caring. Managers reject this notion.

Reflection

How am I an organizational mind slave?

When have I led with moral power?

How could we use this passage to create a more positive organization?

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