We have to look at the past to discuss whether Distributed Leadership is the future. Specifically, we have to look back at the pivotal work by Burns and Stalker on the notion of organic systems. Their work was published way back in 1961. But like many new ideas, it took time to make its way into mainstream management thinking. It was more than 20 years later that their ideas became a part of the mainstream conversation in management and leadership.
Do we need strong leaders or strong institutions? Do our leaders need to be heroes who can protect and save us all the time or do we need leaders who build capabilities so that the organisation can remain strong even in their absence?
Why do we continue to select bad leaders? “We” here refers to both followers who elect bad leaders in the political process and top management who select incompetent individuals to fill in leadership positions in succession and promotion decisions. Chamorro-Premuzic (2013) did a study on the issue and concluded that there are three key reasons why incompetent people becomes leaders.
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