Afterword: In Collaborative Conclusion
You made it.
With the right frameworks in place a leader needs to simultaneously execute and engage to be worthy of a Flat Army badge. But the key will always be whether you execute first in a fiefdom of individuality, or if you connect, collaborate, participate and share—while employing new leadership attributes—before anything else.
The main function of a leader, arguably, is to achieve a stated goal. That goal, however it is established, more often than not requires the assistance and input of team members (directly or indirectly) in order to be successful. This is the essence of Flat Army. Be inclusive rather than exclusive. Be a deliverer rather than a procrastinator.
That is, a leader must be able to execute while providing a nurturing, collaborative, supportive and open environment with all involved such that it's done on time, on budget, and to the stated level of quality. Maybe I'm a bit bullish, but this change is worth the effort. Change is in you.
These two disciplines often run into competition with one another due to rigidity, pressure or organizational cutbacks. Perhaps the leader is overly zealous on the execution plane and forgets to treat team members with dignity, with openness to ideas or feedback, with transparency, and with empathy and compassion. The Connected Leadership Attributes are the key behaviors to mitigate this scenario. The Participative Leader Framework and the Collaborative Leader Action Model are two methods ...