A Good Leader is a quote by Belinda Ward during our interview for the second podcast and magazine in the Leadership Project series. The quote has been up to graphic novel/ comic art by Cons Bulaquena by commission and available exclusively to the Leadership Project.
The common corporate approach to leadership 'development' is to enrol employees into leadership training courses held in conference rooms or external facilities. The point of these courses is to teach standardisation, leadership processes and strategies. It is usually a presentation or lecture based event with discourse within defined parameters. This form of training at best produces process driven, static and unimaginative thinking and it doesn't work.
The message of this book is challenging the way organisations motivate their people, there's a gap between what science knows and what business does. The current business operating system - which is built around external, carrot-and-stick motivators - doesn't work and often does harm. We need an upgrade. And science shows the way. This new approach has three essential elements:
Children are taught how to colour in a picture by following the numbers, one number for each colour, colour by colour, number by number and stay between the lines. A significant number of organisations set up a management by numbers system to run the business based on extrinsic (external motivators) that are damaging to employee morale, damaging to productivity and just bad business. Leadership allows for intrinsic motivators, for it's people to experience autonomy, mastery and purpose. There is a need to shift the focus from management by numbers systems to Purpose, Vision and Values based busineses.