Leadership Distilled by Business Strategy Review


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Nigel Nicholson shares his thoughts on leadership, worth a read for every leader. This was first published in Business Strategy Review Volume 24. Issue 2-2013. Subscribe today to receive your quarterly copy delivered to your home or work place. http://bit.ly/BSR-subscribe

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Leadership Distilled by Business Strategy Review

  1. 1. LEADERSHIP DISTILLED by Nigel Nicholson, Professor of Organisational Behaviour at London Business School © Copyright 2013 London Business School
  2. 2. BUSINESS STRATEGY REVIEW 1 Pure dominance will not work, except under desperate circumstances. Leaders who would dominate need to consider what is the currency of reputation in their domain.
  3. 3. BUSINESS STRATEGY REVIEW 2 Whatever model of leadership you want, expect people to want you to display what they consider to be integrity; some vision of possibilities; evidence of your competence; and to show you are confident of your purpose and decisions.
  4. 4. BUSINESS STRATEGY REVIEW 3 Leadership is a distinct role with special responsibilities, but the precise nature of these depends upon the context.
  5. 5. BUSINESS STRATEGY REVIEW 4 The job of leader is, at one level, to help institutions and organisations stand in a “correct” relationship between human nature — the needs of the people — and the times and circumstances they are living in.
  6. 6. BUSINESS STRATEGY REVIEW 5 Remember leaders can make the rules that make the game. This is potentially very powerful.
  7. 7. BUSINESS STRATEGY REVIEW 6 One of most effective models of leadership is a low-power, low- dominance model of fluid and flexible democratic guidance and action.
  8. 8. BUSINESS STRATEGY REVIEW 7 How leaders get to their positions matters — it affects the risks and opportunities of leadership, and also the preconditions and narratives needed for success.
  9. 9. BUSINESS STRATEGY REVIEW 8 Leaders need to take responsibility for helping members understand the nature of the reality around them and to help shape it.
  10. 10. BUSINESS STRATEGY REVIEW 9 Leaders need to see their place in history — local and global — and be ready to communicate this as part of their narrative.
  11. 11. BUSINESS STRATEGY REVIEW 10 This means reading the times of one’s business — its journey to the present and its path into the future.
  12. 12. BUSINESS STRATEGY REVIEW This was first published in Business Strategy Review Volume 24 Issue 2 – 2013 Visit www.london.edu/bsr for more on leadership and more from Nigel Nicholson