Tag Archives: Ronald Heifetz

Trust is the power of leadership.

We made with Heifetz the distinction between ‘authority’ and ‘leadership’. This distinction comes close to ‘transactional’ and ‘transformational’ leadership as explained by Bass & Riggio [i]. Authority or transactional leadership is based on a negotiation and an agreement between the ‘leader’ and … Continue reading

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Leadership is a personal claim.

Leadership starts with the personal choice for making change happen, not only change in others, but also change in one’s own self. Leadership is making a personal stand. Some people stick to their comfort zones, avoid risks, change only if … Continue reading

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The context makes the leader.

Each situation has it’s own challenges and rules and leadership adapts to it. “Leadership is like a chameleon”, spoke Dr. Peter Piot as he received the leadership award in 2010 from the Flemish Management Association. “Chameleons adapt to the environment, … Continue reading

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Leadership is acknowledging the elephant in the room.

‘Put the elephant on the table,’ was the motto of the successful team of Philippe Gilbert, the no. 1 in the world in cycling of 2011[i]. Wouter Torfs says the same thing about the success of his company: “We have … Continue reading

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Ronald Heifetz* on leadership – Part IV & conclusion: “Here I stand, I can do no other.”

We easily associate leadership with personal courage. Why is that? Why is leadership personal at all? The answer lies in the definition of leadership. Setting the agenda for change is a personal choice. As Heifetz quotes Max Weber: “Here I … Continue reading

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Ronald Heifetz* on leadership – Part III: the five strategic principles of leadership

1. Leadership identifies the adaptive challenge. It puts the finger on the values at stake and the work to be done. For leadership without authority this is easier. The sole focus enables to become the lightening rod for the issue, the … Continue reading

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Ronald Heifetz* on leadership – Part II: the difference between power, authority and leadership

Leadership is often defined as social influence. That makes leadership trivial and instrumental: people using their influence to reach group goals. At the same time we all associate leadership with ‘making the difference’, ‘realizing breakthroughs’, ‘transformation’. Heifetz shows the way … Continue reading

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