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Growing Pains, 5th Edition by Yvonne Randle, Eric G. Flamholtz

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Chapter 12The Challenge of Leadership Throughout the Organizational Life Cycle

One of the most critical managerial functions in promoting successful organizational development is leadership. Effective leadership is, in fact, a prerequisite for building sustainably successful organizations®. This is true, not only for leadership at the very top of the organization, but throughout it as well.

There are two different types of leadership that are required to build sustainably successful organizations®— strategic and operational. Strategic leadership is focused on building the organization over the longer term, while operational leadership is focused on execution or more day-to-day operations. During the early stages of a company's life cycle, these two types of leadership are typically, but not always, provided by the same person—the founder or CEO. As an organization grows and changes over its life cycle, the nature of the leadership it requires changes and becomes more complex. To meet the challenges, a company's leadership needs to evolve from a single leader to a “true leadership team,” or what we term a “leadership molecule”—described later in this chapter.

This purpose of this chapter is to identify and address the key leadership issues that companies face as they grow from early-stage entrepreneurship to larger, more complex organizations. We begin by clearly defining the concept of leadership, as well as the two types of leadership—strategic and operational—that need to ...

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