CHARACTERISTICS OF PEER-BASED ORGANIZATIONS


Once we give up our egotistical attachment to rank-based concepts of managing, we can no longer justify our traditional leadership and supervisory positions and professions . This does not mean the important tasks of supervision are ignored or neglected ”rather, they are redistributed throughout the peer-based organization to the crossfunctional, and now rankless, councils and task forces. Key leadership functions will be exercised as well in peer-based organizations; however, they will be distributed through the peer council system as opposed to being identified with a hierarchical position in a rank-based organization. This leads to the following characteristics of a peer-based organization:

  • Proactive mentality ” employees feel they can make a difference

  • Expectations not of entitlement, but of contribution

  • Vision ”everyone shares in strategic thinking

  • Healthy balance between innovation and tradition

  • Fewer crises and better work/life balance

  • Everyone thinking and acting like an owner

  • High levels of trust ”because there are no secrets

  • Willingness to admit "I don't know" ”because there are no privileged elites

  • Consistent, open , honest communication

  • No communication barriers ”everyone talks to everyone else as needed

In business organizations, these characteristics produce greater productivity and lower costs, which generate higher profitability.




The Myth of Leadership. Creating Leaderless Organizations
The Myth of Leadership: Creating Leaderless Organizations
ISBN: 0891061991
EAN: 2147483647
Year: 2004
Pages: 98

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