Wednesday, January 21, 2004

Imagination and discipline

The most obvious dimension of leadership to me is the imagination to create more than one concrete possibility for the future of the organisation. The more imagination, the greater the difference between the possibilities raised and the more the whole organisation can be aware that there are different ways to be, different stories that can be told.

The complementary insight is that when there are real possibilities open, then choosing and pursuing the one people actually want takes that application of individual and group disciplines in its achievement. Our debased ideas of leadership have impoverished options and consumer style choice that has no implications for the chooser.