Leadership & (Em-)Power(-ment)

From our ‘80% Percent is Psychology’ session, Wednesday, January 16th, 2019. Thanks all for the great discussions!

  • Force causes counter-force; and transactional leadership likely results in compliance only; It is transformational leadership based on inspiration and collaboration that increases most follower’s involvement and true commitment.
  • It is not the acquisition of power (whether it be positional or personal), but the mindset through which it is employed which determines the nature and effectiveness of leadership.
  • Agile leaders are able to cope with uncertainty and complex issues. Based on self-awareness, they are willing to ask for help and transfer experiences and values to different areas of the business, which is inspiring and developing others too.
  • Representativeness posits that leaders need to demonstrate how they are similar to their followers and then succeed by representing the values of the group. Leaders themselves may be required to adapt to followers to ensure continued representation.
  • Leadership and follower diversity is an important contributor to organization’s success (DuBrin, 2016). Unfortunately, gender stereotypes still cause a preference for men in ‘power’ roles. •Acceptance of inequality doesn’t stem from a passive stance, but rather an active endorsement that allows to justify and perpetuate the status quo.
  • System Justification Theory (SJT) states that an underlying ideology is motivating the justification of social order in a way that contributes to the often-unconscious belief of inferiority most strongly among individuals of underprivileged groups. Although it is a myth that Western Societies are characterized by equality of opportunity, studies found that a majority’s belief in equality helps to justify a meritocratic ideology, i.e., that it is, given we all start with the same possibilities, fair that individual differences are rewarded. The motive to legitimize economic inequality is further blocking critical thinking capacities with severe consequences for the economic and psychological well-being of marginalized persons (Godfrey & Wolf, 2015).
  • It’s a good description for Authentic Leadership too: “Your true character is most accurately measured by how you treat those who can do ‘nothing’ for you.” – Mother Teresa
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    • Thanks for your message. I’m convinced too that this is an excellent way of thinking! Didn’t get the synchronicity point exactly though?:-)

      • The timing I guess. I was thinking stuff and posted and didn’t see your post until afterwards. 2 opposite sides of the world and we’re thinking/striving for the same thing. And we have our specific skill set and methods for ultimately the same goal ?

      • Ah, that’s true. We just have to learn to see such meetings in the unified zone more easily. Therefore, thanks a lot for sharing it with me and others who might be weaving on the same part of the carpet:-)

      • Haha magic carpet ride. I can show the whole world… There are tapestries on the walls. Drapes over the windows. And tents above our heads.
        Such a rich texture and depth of exploration to be discovered wherever one chooses to look, and chooses to see. ?

      • Nice, that’s a reason it is good to create, share, and be connected. Looking forward to more explorations:-)

  • Yes. Good stuff.

    Most people are stuck in those ideologically-driven ruts in which some people are automatically put in a specific role regardless of their talents. It’s definitely disruptive to creative and critical thinking and limits effectiveness.