A week ago I had the honor of participating in a roundtable of the prestigious journal Human Capital, with colleagues from the world of development. We debated about whether Spain had overcome the crisis, if he had served some, If we learned anything from the crisis, and finally, which could be the future trends leadership level, learning and talent development.
One of the most important aspects that emerged in the debate was the unanimous rejection of all participants, including me, the concept of visionary in companies. Quickly, when we speak of visionary, comes to mind characters like Steve Jobs or Mark Zuckerberg. They are geniuses who have led their companies at very high levels, a veces con conductas poco respetuosas o incluso prepotentes y autoritarias.
En España hemos tenido ejemplos de visionarios en política que nos han metido en el agujero negro de la profunda crisis que hemos sufrido. And new enlightened still appear. However, lo que las personas y la sociedad demandan ya no son esta clase de iluminados que lo saben todo pero que les falta humildad y otras competencias fundamentales.
Companies need direction, view, but more than ever that vision must be built by the members of the organization, not by a great visionary who decides the course and then “sale” that vision to the rest of the company. When people help build the vision, are more committed to this vision and the company in general. Precisely the commitment is another key aspects discussed at the Roundtable. It is increasingly difficult for people to commit to fund a project. Porque las personas quieren recibir, increasingly, a value for your time and energy, want to be part of a worthwhile project, but above all a project in which they can contribute and actively participate and comment.
This idea of shared and firm and proactive engagement of members of a company vision leads to the concept of expanded leadership, of shared or collaborative leadership, Leadership at all levels of the organization, it is absolutely essential to the success of a company in the XXI century.
And in this blog we discussed the famous book “Good to Great” de Jim Collins, which demonstrated through extensive research during 20 years how companies that achieve sustainable extraordinary results for a minimum period 15 years are those that have been conducted by a humble and very disciplined leader and perseverance, that seeks the participation and the opinion of colleagues, trying to find a shared vision. A role far from visionary classic lit when the organization does not usually leave it ready to maintain growth it has achieved during his tenure, con lo que su liderazgo no es realmente eficaz ni sostenible.
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Javier Carril Managing Partner