Thought Leadership

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Thought Leadership Thought leadership seems to be an innovative way to motivate a team to do better. In a sense, you put the power into their hands and watch what transpires. Let’s start with the leader of a group or organization. The leader must be strong, organized and very knowledgeable. The leader is responsible for bring the collective minds together and making sure that no matter how many things are thrown in their way, that the focus remains the same. This new way to view leadership was very unlikely several years ago as there was always the clear cut chain of command. The traditional process made things become very uniform and predictable , which does not leave room for growth and innovation. By following the old way of leadership, several people would not be trained or knowledgeable of how to move up through companies. In business today, they still do have programs where they select a few people to be in a management type training program, where you pretty much move a long at the specified company pace but something changed. Did some of these programs start to become redundant, or meaningless? The old system was based off of seniority instead of qualification. This means that there were specified people who were designated as “next in line” for any promotions, regardless of what work had been done. This in turn led to people having to “wait their turn” in order to get a promotion. This was also the same process for how to release employees during economic down shifts where companies were not doing as well layoffs were eminent. Did things really change? Was that not already thought leadership? Yes, however, the thought process has now evolved and several companies have adopted to this new way of thinking. This new way of thinking has led to more productive companies and also fewer loads being taken on by the leaders. With the old way of thinking,…...

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