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Mark Sanborn was asked about what changed in leadership over the last 30 years. If you aren’t aware of who Mark Sanborn is, just do a quick Web search. He is a world-recognized expert on the topics of leadership and teams. He is also the author of several books including a favorite of mine:
The Fred Factor: How Passion in Your Work and Life Can Turn the Ordinary Into the Extraordinary.
Answer - Nothing - Leaders - Everything
It was interesting that his answer had nothing to do with leaders. It had everything to do with those we lead.
Members no longer want to be known as people blindly following whoever the leader is. They crave to be a part of the group. They want to collaborate. Members want to take part in the decisions. They want to have a contributing role so they are a part of something bigger than themselves.
Groups - Need
Small groups are designed to meet this need.
I believe a person’s need to feel like a member and contributor comes from another place as well.
Years - People - Position - Leadership - Officer
When I was young (over 30 years ago), people in a position of leadership were not questioned. It didn’t matter if you were a police officer, teacher, doctor or politician. If something was said it was typically accepted without question. I was taught to respect people in leadership positions. I was taught to respect my elders. The only way respect was lost was if the person in power did something serious to lose that respect. And it had to be something pretty significant.
Today, that is not the norm. People in positions of leadership do not automatically get respect. Their authority, character and decisions are constantly attacked. When told something by one of these leaders, our first...
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