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Leadership in Action: Issues and Observations—Leadership Beyond Leaders and Followers by Wilfred H. Drath

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LOOKING AT OUTCOMES

These peerlike and collaborative situations deserve more attention from those of us who aspire to understand and develop leadership. We need to be able to frame leadership without automatically starting with the concept of a leader and followers in an asymmetrical influence relationship. We need some ways to think about leadership beyond leaders and followers.

Some of my colleagues and I at CCL have been thinking about leadership this way by framing it in terms of its outcomes: leadership is about producing agreement on direction, a framework for alignment, and a sense of commitment to the collective work. (For more on CCL's work in this area, see the article “Direction, Alignment, Commitment: Toward a More Integrative Ontology ...

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