What a leader does

“The leader of an organization will translate his or her ideas into
a clearly articulated and communicated goal. Often these first
essential steps are missing (in most organizations): the leader does
not set an unambiguously articulated goal. Even when the leader
might have a clear idea in mind, often he or she will fail in explicitly
communicating this to the rest of the organization. Having a goal
in mind is not sufficient. It must be simple and clear. It must
be articulated and verbalized. It must be communicated and then
constantly reaffirmed.” – Tendon, “The Essence of Tameflow”
Is it possible that while one of the leader’s jobs is to set and communicate simple and clear goals…that the leader is not necessarily the one who also has the responsibility to come up with such goals. Other people might come up with brilliant goals…but the disciple to simplify, clarify, and communicate them might not be one of their skills.

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The quote refers to the idea of Inspired Leadership, which given the legal structures in place in most companies, just has to be the CEO.

Having said that, we also claim in the TameFlow Approach that leadership (in the more general sense) is not the duty of a role, but is an act that can and should be exercised by any role. In knowledge work, a fellowship of peers, where leadership is exercised by whomever has the deepest or most relevant knowledge for the contingent situation at hand, is what works best.

Now if some folks have difficulty in articulating and communicating their thoughts and contribution, that’s where we use the Core Protocols to make sure that everyone’s voice is given a fair chance to be heard.