What does the organization need me to do?

Development and Learning in Organizations

ISSN: 1477-7282

Publication date: 5 October 2010

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(2010), "What does the organization need me to do?", Development and Learning in Organizations, Vol. 24 No. 6. https://doi.org/10.1108/dlo.2010.08124fad.006

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What does the organization need me to do?

Article Type: Abstracts From: Development and Learning in Organizations, Volume 24, Issue 6

Baldoni J.Journal for Quality and Participation, April 2010, Volume 33 Issue 1, Start page: 10, No. of pages: 5

Discusses the relationship between organizational needs and leadership development from the viewpoint of what it means to be a leader and how leadership principles can be applied in practice. Draws inspiration from Ancient Greece in general, and Socrates in particular, to provide a series of questions that may be used to form a means to enable managers to cultivate a strategic mind-set, including: what are the biggest challenges facing the organization; what are the biggest opportunities the organization can exploit; and what the manager can do to help the organization overcome the challenges and exploit the opportunities. Sets out other approaches based on the ideas of Socrates, including: teaching so others can follow; turning mistakes into lessons; insisting on the truth; noting that to reflect is to question the status quo; and gaining experience in time. Concludes that managers reflecting from time to time on their performance is in itself an act of leadership. Notes that this article is an excerpt from The AMA Handbook of Leadership (2010), edited by Marshall Goldsmith, John Baldoni, and Sarah McArthur. ISSN: 1040-9602 Article type: Viewpoint Reference: 39AP013

Keywords: Leadership, Managers, Organizational behaviour, Teamwork