Followership and Leadership

Management is often assumed to be the story of Leader and Followers.But truly understanding Followership is critical to understand how organisations work. We are so ingrained in the idea that Leadership is critical, that we tend to forget that a Leader alone won’t be able to achieve much. The role of Leadership is overrated in organisations. The role of Followership is instead underrated. With this article, I want to shed some light on this conundrum and offer some personal perspectives on how to be able to improve on both fronts. The idea of this post came by reading the book Yes to the Mess by Frank J. Barrett that I have recently reviewed.  A leader is only as good as his or her followers. Doug Williamson Defining Followership It is the ability to take direction well, to get in line behind a program, to be part of a team and to deliver on what is expected of you.  John S. McCallum, Followership, the other side of Leadership The concept of Followership dates back down to the first studies on Leadership, but it is only in …

Book Review: Yes to the Mess by Frank J. Barrett

Book Review: Yes to the Mess by Frank J. Barrett

Yes to the Mess: Surprising Leadership Lessons from Jazz is a powerful book that drives its lessons from the continuous parallel between Jazz music, and specifically from how Jazz Bands operate, and the world of Management and Leadership. After attending the Herbie Hancock concert in Milan, I wrote a post on the relationship between Jazz and Leadership. I did some research on the web, and that’s how I found this book. Written by Frank J. Barrett, a professor of Management at the Naval Postgraduate School, who was also a Jazz Pianist, the book made it immediately to my reading list. I thought that reading this post deserves a bit of a soundtrack. Kind of Blue is analysed deeply in the book, so why not listening while you read this? The book is primarily focused on jazz improvisation. But also about the leadership skills needed to understand and facilitate the innovation process. It starts by considering the fact that Jazz bands are organisations designed for innovation, and that its design elements can be applied to other organizations that seek …

Good Enough

Being Good Enough

Taking part in a recent event, one of the speaker at a certain point mentioned a sentence that made me think. We need to have the courage to settle for Good Enough Results sometime. Good Enough seems a sentence that underpins a failure, not reaching results. But this is only apparent. We indeed need to accept that we can’t be on top of performance every day. We can’t exceed expectations always. So I embarked in quick research to see if there is something more around this concept. And have found extensive research and contents. Good Enough in Parenthood In psychology, the concept of Good Enough was brought into prominence by the paediatric psychiatrist D.W. Winnicott as he developed the concept of Good Enough Mother. He researched the development of babies and emphasised the role of the mother (or the primary caregiver in her absence). He stressed that fact that mothers don’t need to be perfect. Babies have developed to be able to mature and also survive despite some shortcomings in their parents. So Mothers need only to be good enough to reach this objective. Good Enough in Technology The basics …