The way leadership works
The schema below represents the way leadership works. Parts of
the scheme will be explained hereafter.
Every organization derives its right of existence from the
environment in which it operates. The environment contains the customers, "the
market" and other stakeholders. The organization has a right of existence while
it handles those cases which the environment likes (or: buys, or: uses otherwise)
and because the organization does so in a responsible way.
Besides the customers an organization also is dependent on its other stakeholders.
An organization which behaves not responsible takes the risk that action will be
taken against her by activists. This kind of action will damage the image of the
organization. Each organization has to act in a responsible way.
The connection between environment and organization takes
shape by the input the organization gets out of its environment and the output
she brings back into it. The core tasks of an organization exists by processing input
from the outside into output to the outside. The level of succeeding defines the
appreciation she will get from her environment and the satisfaction from the
Assessing the Environment
An organization derives its right of existence from the way
the environment appreciates its actions. The environment is itself changing
continually. The organization has to know what is going on in its environment
just to make safe future existence. The organization has to perceive trends in
the environment, has to know how the environment thinks about her and has to
cope with that all.
De leader assesses the environment, perceives changes, chances,
threats and trends. The leader has vision based on his knowledge of the sector
and the environment. This constitutes his legitimacy.
The environment has two connections in this diagram. The first
is the environmental assessment by the leader. The second is the connection
concerning the input and output of the organization. The effectiveness of an
organization, and her right of existence, is defined by the way the organization
processes input from the environment into output in benefit of that environment.
If an organization is effective in its actions, than it will
reflect on the leader. His legitimacy grows.
Acknowledgment, Acceptation, Legitimacy
In the upper part of the scheme there is a circle enclosing a
triangle. The words acknowledgment, acceptation and legitimacy are connected
with arrows in two directions. With this the mutual strengthening effect between
the subjects is expressed.
Legitimacy leads to acknowledgment. Acknowledgment sees that a leader and his
vision will be accepted. Acceptation enlarges the legitimacy of the leader.
It works the other way round as well. Legitimacy enlarges acceptation. Acceptation
leads to acknowledgment and acknowledgment leads to enlargement of the leader's
From Acceptation to Effectiveness
When employees accept the vision, goals and activities of the
leader, than this will bring enlarged motivation.
is: letting others want what you want.
the employees want what the leader wants than the goals of organization and workers
are closely knitted together. Nothing will bring a worker more motivation than
working on something he himself really wants.
brings more dedication by the workers. The higher the dedication, the higher
the effectiveness of an organization.
better is that this rising effectiveness also effects the motivation of the people in
a positive way.
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