The Leader’s Dilemma
Many leaders have visions of building ‘strategy-focused’, ‘quality-driven’, ‘lean and agile’, ‘team-based’ and ‘customer-focused’ organizations. They all want to cut bureaucracy and empower their people. They all want to manage strategies instead of budgets and adapt to each new reality rather than be a slave to the plan. But few can see a way to do this within the ‘command-and-control’ management models they have inherited.
This is the leader’s dilemma. How can he or she dismantle the bureaucracy and budget and build empowered and adaptive organizations yet maintain coordination and control? What does an alternative management model look like and how do they get from where they are today to where they want to be in three or five years from now?
This White Paper is based on the book “The Leader’s Dilemma: How to build and empowered and adaptive organization without losing control” by Jeremy Hope, Peter Bunce and Franz Röösli (www.leaders-dilemma.com)