Action Wheel Leadership
The leadership metaphors resources page teaches the leadership metaphor view that life is a marketplace. Each leadership metaphor represents one of the Action Wheel dimensions of leadership as developed in Dr. Robert Terry's book Authentic Leadership: Courage In Action.
Action Wheel Dimension: Resources
Leadership Metaphor: Life Is A Marketplace
The market metaphor thrives today. Margaret Thatcher in the United Kingdom and Ronald Reagan in the United States advocated it. It is the metaphor directing much of both the breakup of the Soviet Union and the development of the commonwealth that is replacing it.
The roots of the market metaphor lie in the Newtonian and Copernican revolutions, which depicted the universe as a perpetual motion machine (Capra, 1982). We have only to consider the mechanistic concepts of supply and demand, marginal utility, and cost-benefit analysis to realize the impacts of the Newtonian and Copernican world views on economic theory.
Etzioni (1968) states that the atomistic and aggregate approach to interpreting life experience, used by many economists, "explains the state of a society, economy or policy in terms of properties, relations, or actions of micro-units, rather than in terms of their super-unit macroscopic relations" In other words, the market view focuses on a particular interrelation of parts.
Persons or resources relate to other resources through a variety of voluntary contracts or exchanges. Anything that challenges this free exchange is a threat to the workings of the market. The sum of the parts, working freely, equals the good of the whole. From this atomistic perspective, a term like the common good is the sum of all the exchanges of all the private actors producing private goods. Common goods is a better description of the desired result than is common good.
Leadership in this dimension focuses on individual and organizational competency. The leadership challenge is to assure that the right people are hired for the right jobs and they have at their disposal the right tools and information to do the work. Leadership must demonstrate the discipline needed to provide accurate and honest performance information about the organization.
Leadership Metaphors Resources Core Ideas:
Leadership in the Resources Dimension:
In this dimension, the critical skills are tied directly to tasks in the work place and building core competencies. Leadership focuses on the skills required to excel in the job at hand, whether it is being a doctor, nurse, lawyer, carpenter, plumber,teacher, secretary or computer expert. The leadership key is to tie skills to task accomplishment, not just skills in general for leadership in general. Leadership skills in this dimension rooted in the mechanical metaphor, are often referred to as "hard" or "soft." Hard describes technical content; soft refers to managing people.
Core Competencies on the Leadership Metaphors Resources Dimension:
Personal Skill Building
Thousands of programs across the nation and the globe sponsor and teach leadership skills. Often the skills fit other dimensions such as listening, conflict management, speaking and goal setting/strategic planning. In this dimension, the critical skills are tied directly to tasks in the work place.
Organizational Skill Building
There are four ways in which the Resources Dimension is critical:
Hiring and Retaining Competent People
These twelve questions measure the core elements needed to attract, focus and keep the most productive employees. From First, Break All the Rules: What the World's Greatest Managers Do Differently