Category Archives: Leadership styles

Adaptable Leadership in the Public Sector: Courage to take the Strengths-based Approach for Key Outcomes

Introduction The early 2000s was a febrile period for public services in the UK when government expected improved outcomes for increased funding levels and regulatory inspection and audits were expanding in scale and reach. Direct or implicit intervention was an ever present risk if failure was suspected. Resilient and adaptable leaders were expected to craft effective responses to the challenges. Some interventions took the form of relatively ‘light-touch’ oversight of specific services. In other cases the interventions were more dramatic and included: Leadership teams excised from the organisation Interim leaders installed Governmental appointees sent to guide and oversee improvement Councillors… Read more
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The Secrets of Great Groups

I’m re-reading a tremendous book I picked up a while ago ‘- Leader to Leader’, from the Drucker Foundation. It’s a compendium of short, highly readable articles by great leaders and organisational thinkers and researchers. One particular article has my attention at the moment. Warren Bennis in his article, ‘The Secrets of Great Groups’ suggests there are enduring lessons to be learnt not only from studying personal leadership, but from studying group leadership. He suggests that the “few great accomplishments are ever the work of a single individual”. Mythology refuses to catch-up with reality, according to Bennis, so the myths… Read more
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Does it have to be like this?

It’s been quite a week or two from a number of perspectives, with several occurrences that have caused me more than a little pause for thought (and emotion) around people, services, systems and perhaps leadership. The examples and analysis I offer are less felt as an organisational consultant, ‘though I do analyse these things from more than one perspective, and much more about what I find as a consumer, client, customer; call me what you will. Nor are these stories meant as gratuitious criticisms, borne out of a simple impatience or ingratitude. They are offered more as a narrative as… Read more
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The NHS, leadership development and the public service orientation

Two recent articles in the Guardian’s Healthcare Professional Network have brought NHS leadership styles and leadership generally to the fore, specifically in relation to the Mid-Staffs Hospital Inquiry and more widely to the raft of process changes underway in the NHS. Part of the debate now involves the leadership style that seems to have been the predominant style desired in both recruits to a senior level in the NHS and, by inference, being turned out by the NHS Leadership Academy. Either way, the critique seems to be that the so-called ‘pace-setting’ style of leadership, whilst appropriate for a wide range… Read more
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Leadership that overcomes barriers to progress

A really interesting piece on the new leadership styles required prosper in the most challenging of times, and ‘heroic’, forcing leadership styles do not feature. If I have a criticism of what is generally a helpful piece for the debate about public leadership, it is that the article perhaps understandably, uses examples that focus on the ‘usual’ star names and does not seem to offer a longer term historical perspective. These leadership styles have been extant in some local authorities for over 25 years and not only in large city authorities. There are many others in local government, less well… Read more
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