Self leadership in the area of structure is crucial to the development of a healthy culture. In order to create a leadership culture the leaders must live a lifestyle that fosters leadership. Leadership cultures attract leaders; bureaucracies drive leaders away. A leader must bring on those he can entrust to be subject experts and give them the freedom to function. Telling someone what to do is different from telling them how to do it. The leader should set the vision and allow others to help the organization by using their gifts, creativity and energy. A leader who manages will create bureaucracy which will disperse leaders.
As a leader, if you can’t resist telling competent people exactly what to do then you must self lead toward change. If you are telling them exactly what to do because they don’t possess the leadership to execute, then you must replace the individual or manage them. If you choose to manage them, then you are creating a culture of bureaucracy.
A non-leader requires management because he is a reactive employee, reacting to leadership. A leader requires empowerment because he is a proactive employee, a part of leadership.
A bureaucracy’s purpose is to compensate for incompetence. In order to create an effective leadership culture, one must self lead and self evaluate what type of culture they are creating through their own actions and dispositions. The goal is to create a structure that you manage while not managing the people. Help everyone to understand the purpose, values, and structure and what their role is in accomplishing the whole and then let them go with great goals.
What kind of culture do you demand? Do you create?
Does your culture require a lot of rules, guidelines and procedures in order to produce work from those in leadership? What does this mean?
Will your environment attract leaders in the future? Why or why not?
What is your course of action?