Marty Linsky: Good question. In listening to the stories of literally thousands of men and women over the past quarter century of doing this work, we have found that people aspire to exercise leadership because it gives meaning and purpose to their lives. Exercising leadership involves the pursuit of objectives that go beyond an individual's personal aggrandizement or material gain. Leadership cannot be disconnected from purpose. The risks are only worth taking, the dangers are only worth confronting, because there is an objective that you believe in and care deeply enough about to put yourself on the line.
A: Let me suggest two generic leadership challenges that seem to us to be more applicable in business settings than in the public sector. First, the private sector is characterized by a clear measure of success: the bottom line. People who raise issues that might challenge the bottom line in the short run or represent competing values make themselves very vulnerable to being marginalized, because the most important organizational value is so widely shared.
Secondly, most but by no means all businesses are more or less hierarchical in structure. People who seek to exercise leadership who are not at the top of the pyramid—leadership without authority—put themselves very much at risk, especially in difficult economic times when there is great insecurity and plenty of people willing to replace them and toe the line.
In addition to its budgetary relationship, above the line also denotes the roles on a film crew which provide guidance or leadership on the creative side. Likewise, below the line represents the more technical roles.
Frontline leadership is often scattered across multiple locations, so organizations have traditionally been forced to compromise between quality, cost, and flexibility when considering leadership development solutions for this large audience.
Online solutions that cover leadership basics for frontline managers are the obvious choice for developing this population of managers because such options are cost-effective and scalable, and they can be engaging and impactful, too.
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