Modern leadership may be as much about an authenticity of task or place as it is about the person leading and what that leader thinks or does, suggest Rob Goffee and Gareth Jones, in their book, Why Should Anyone Work Here? What It Takes to Create an Authentic Organization.
Consider the depressingly low rates of employee engagement around the world. According to a recent AON Hewitt global survey, four in 10 workers report being disengaged.
But instead of focusing exclusively on the sources of disengagement and dysfunction, the authors explored people’s positive visions for organizations around the world, asking them what their ideal organization would be like—one in which they could be their best selves. The responses grouped naturally around six broad imperatives, which form a handy ‘DREAMS’ mnemonic: