The Stewardship Answer

The alternative to leadership is stewardship. Not a perfect concept, but an entryway into exploring what fundamental, sustainable change in our organizations would look like.

Stewardship asks us to be deeply accountable for the outcomes of a group, an institution, a community, without acting to define purpose for others, control others, or take care of others. Stewardship can be most simply viewed as giving order to the dispersion of power. It requires us to systematically move choice and resources closer and closer to the bottom and edges of the organization. Leadership, in contrast, gives order to the centralization of power. It keeps choices and resources at the center and places power at the boundaries as an exception ...

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