Saturday, December 1, 2007

The Collaborative Leader:

"The greatest danger for most of us is not that our aim is too high and we miss it, but that our aim is too low and we reach it." Michelangelo

Nelson Schwartz’s article in the NY Times portends the rise of the team oriented leader.

“Now, management experts and longtime watchers of corporate America say the current environment demands, and is attracting, yet another kind of chief executive: the team builder.

“It’s someone who can assemble a team that functions as smoothly as a jazz sextet,”

The superstar leader is passé, the new paradigm is the leader who builds teams, who can assemble teams quickly. The successful restaurateur is one who has a team oriented perspective, who values the contributions from employees, who understands that customer advocacy is created when the all the aspects of the operations are executing cohesively. A restaurateur can not pontificate from on high and have his minions scurry about with any expectation that their restaurant will create advocacy.

Long live the Collaborative Leader!