CHAPTER 11Individual Contributors
Building on Strengths Is the Foundation of Success at Every Level
It’s often assumed that leadership is an assignment strictly for supervisors, managers, and executives. These are people who have been placed into formal positions of power and designated to provide leadership for the organization. They presumably are seen as the ones who have the foresight needed to identify and drive new initiatives, the authority to make decisions, and the trappings of power needed to get people to follow their lead. The rest of the workforce, consisting of nonmanagerial workers and staff personnel, also known as individual contributors, are all supposed to be followers, not leaders.
In this chapter we suggest an alternative ...