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Organization 21C: Someday All Organizations Will Lead This Way by Subir Chowdhury

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Discretionary Leadership

Research conducted at Cranfield School of Management and at Brunel University has introduced a third perspective, that of discretionary leadership.

Surveys of top teams conducted at Cranfield, which included over 11,000 organizations spanning 14 countries, have identified three core capabilities required of today's corporate and public services leaders: visioning, dialogue, and the quality of communication between senior management and the rest of the organization.

Visioning

One of the key questions asked in the Cranfield survey was, “Do the members of the top team (e.g., president, chairman, CEO, directors, senior civil servants, etc.) hold different views concerning the future shape, nature, and direction of the organization?” ...

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