The Future of Leadership: Its a System and not a Person

author, speaker, consultant

Let’s be honest. The current state of organizational leadership is in trouble. Our current approaches to leadership are creating waste in human capital on a cosmic scale. For example, Gallup documents that over the last twenty years the total number of nonengaged workers has stagnated. Between 2008 and 2020 the total percentage of nonengaged workers has remained steady between 50% and 52%. These are the workers who do their job and go home. They contribute little to innovation. The value of their job is that it pays the mortgage. When the actively disengaged, are included, two-thirds of the US workforce either does not care, or they are “drilling holes in the back of the boat.”

This leads Jim Clifton, Chairman, and CEO of Gallup to conclude,

The American Leadership Philosophy, simply doesn’t work anymore.

2017 State of the American Workplace

Why I Wrote the Definitive Book on Leadership Systems?

For twenty-five years I have been a full-time management consultant. My clients are local government, state government, healthcare, K-12 Education, Higher Education, and non-profits. I have seen every type of leadership and management system there is. Outside one or two, every leader I have worked with was qualified to do their job. One of my standard questions for executive leadership is “what are your strategic advantages?” Almost always, they will tell me about their outstanding staff. However, when I start working with those staff I hear a different story. All too often, they universally feel undervalued, unappreciated, and their voice unheard.

Current Models of Organizational Leadership Increases Waste and Lowers Value

  1. Inconsistencies in the leadership systems causes inconsistent strategy execution
  2. Customer do not receive steady increases in value relative to cost
  3. Innovation is inconsistent
  4. Employees are disengaged or actively disengaged
  5. Operations do not produce consistent growth in quality
  6. Results are inconsistent and lack continual growth in value delivered.

A Well Designed System of Leadership Produces Consistency In:

  1. Strategy execution
  2. Growth in customer value
  3. Regular innovation
  4. A highly engaged and empowered workforce
  5. Consistent and growth in quality and valued delivered relative to cost
  6. Steadily improving performance

The Leadership System is the Future of Leadership

After researching high-impact organizations, I have one overriding conclusion. When we understand that organizational leadership is a system, we can generate unimaginable customer value, innovation, and transformation. I know this because I have seen it. My belief is that when you read the book, you will see it too.

My Mission

Leading a revolution to reinvent the practice of leadership

My Vision

To see the day when two-third of the workforce is fully engaged with their work.

My Core Value

Leadership can be a designed organizational system.

My Work

Want to take on the challenge of designing high-impact systems of leadership? Contact me. We are the only firm that has a model of leadership as an organizational system. These systems of organizational leadership are setting new standards in customer value and employee engagement.

Care to join me in this revolution? Let’s connect.