Peter F. Drucker
Are there courses in leadership? For most executives this question is utterly redundant, as they have already joined the fray of mutual expectations which they might or might not have explicitly communicated to their coworkers and subordinates and these, on their part, have on the executive or claim to do so. For the sociologist Dirk Baecker, the true meaning of leadership is to „make the action, conduct and experience of another a basis of one’s own conduct.“ – But this rule applies to both sides. „The led make the conduct of their leaders a basis for their their own conduct, as likewise do their leaders. [from his book: Baecker, Dirk (2008): Die Sache mit der Führung, Wiener Vorlesungen im Rathaus, S. 17, Band 142]. Whoever achieves in gathering or mobilising a following, factually is a leader. This being true, free from any notion of hierarchy and formality, naturally follows.
Executives must therefore be capable to reflect on their abilities and failures to project power within the framework of good leadership and to find their way to successfully communicate as to what needs to be done in any given situation. That at some point positive action might even consist of not acting at all, and avoid damaging micro management, has often been confused with laissez-faire politics.
Organisations cannot be successfully developed, if one is not willing and able to modify and develop the way the oragnisation in question is led. We at Public One are convinced, that an increased proficiency in self-reflection with the executive staff is always a point gained where strategy formation and organisatorial development is concerned. For this, we offer suitable methods and appropriate instruments.