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Part 1 - Workplace Leadership

Employee motivation and leadership

Visionary Leadership - Workers have continuous learning opportunity with decision-making responsibility. Employees, with natural talent are quickly recognized and their unique skill is quickly adapted to the organization. As a result - efficiency of the workplace increases.

Standard Leadership - Workers learn no more than necessary to do their job. It is difficult to recognize natural talent when the job is to follow orders without input. Unique ability is lost to the employee and the company.

The Visionary Leader
The 21st century organization leader is a visionary with the ability to inspire and motivate. A motivated workforce is highly productive.
Elements of the Visionary Organization
21st century workplace leaders are visionaries with the ability inspire and motivate. They are not only product visionaries; they are leadership visionaries who invent entirely new ways of organizing human effort.
Leadership Styles Versus Motivation
Command-and-control leadership was the primary leadership style of the 20th century. It was accepted because efficiency was created by repetitive action, teaching people to resist change. Once a skill is mastered, they do not want to learn another. Worker responsibility is just the opposite, it motivates people to thrive on change by seeking challenges, finding ways to achieve goals. This is efficiency leadership of the 21st century.
Workplace Leadership Trends
Technology is forcing a change in leadership styles. Leadership methods of the last century are extremely inefficient in fast changing environments. There is a need for new attitudes. Motivating environments are needed on the front line, people who assume responsibility and exercise leadership. To attract and keep this type of person, the work environment must inspire and exploit employee capabilities.
Elements of Visionary Leadership
Visionary Leadership increases efficiency by moving decision-making responsibility to the frontline. Efficiency is achieved with limited supervision. To make frontline responsibility effective, leadership must give workers opportunity to develop quality decision-making skills and learn to trust them.
Visionaries
Today, fast growing organizations are built on leadership innovation, that is, they are not built by product visionaries but by social visionaries — those who invent entirely new ways of organizing human effort.
Employees that Create Wealth
Workplace learning opportunity that creates wealth for the organization and its employees.
As a Leader, What is Your Priority?
A leader's priority will determine the efficiency of his subordinates.
 
Why Some Leaders are Efficient and Others Not
Worker responsibility is highly efficient, but rejected by most managers. WHY? Human nature and natural instincts.
Nine Rules for Effective Work Teams
These nine rules are based on the belief that level of elementary problems controls efficiency, quality and cost. If there are many elementary problems, productivity will be negative, likewise, low level of problems puts productivity in the positive column.
Mutiny on the Bounty
Captain William Bligh's problems on the Bounty is an excellent example on how one man changed from control leadership to team unity in a matter of minutes, 200 hundred years ago.
Short History of Frontline Decision Making Responsibility
Frontline decision making responsibility has always been highly motivating and extremely efficient. It is little used because most leaders priority is control, believing their ideas alone are responsibility for efficiency. Today's narrowing profit margins are forcing the adoption of frontline responsibility. Throughout history, responsibility leadership was implemented when efficiency had priority over control.
  • K-Mart versus Wal-Mart - For seemingly unknown reasons, people prefer to shop at Wal-Mart. My theory is, customer preference is based on employees' attitude towards their company and attitude is based on leadership style. K-Mart uses control while Wal-Mart uses responsibility.
  • Everyone, at some time during their life, had a desire to learn and be an achiever. For various reasons, for many, this desired became dormant. Under the right leadership, this latent desire can be brought back to life.
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