Challenge-driven Leadership: A new kind of management
While the classic, top-down model of leadership is well known and trusted, it might not be the right approach to all situations. An alternative style, one that is tailored to solving particular problems effectively, could be especially helpful for today's companies. Strategy + Business recently described this methodology, noting that it is closely associated with MIT graduates, and prominent among individuals who don't desire leadership roles but know how to coordinate. (Oct. 30, Ancona and Gregersen)
Challenge-driven leaders rise to the tasks they are given, setting goals, assembling teams well-suited to the purpose and getting results. This type of attitude is at its most effective when a problem calls for an innovative solution. When the best way to tackle a business problem involves assembling a team with a variety of knowledge bases and unifying their perspectives, challenge-driven leadership is a great approach.
It's possible for C-suite executives to encourage this kind of problem-solving approach from the management level of their organizations. They can nurture their workers' interests and set them up with tasks that inspire and challenge them. The most capable among these employees will rise to the occasion. Teams that thrive in these situations are stocked with clever, original thinkers.
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