I just read a post on LinkedIn titled "What Leadership Was And What It Has Become" refering to an article of the same title on leadertoday.org. Although it has some good points, it espouses that business today is too complicated for one person to be a leader and advocates that the future will be that of "leadership groups" that replace leaders.
I can only say after reading the article that it misses what is the core of true leadership. Leadership is not and never will be a "group" activity. I can think of nothing more chaotic, difficult and unpredictable as war. Yet I think of Colin Powell, Norman Schwartzkopf, Dwight Eisenhower, Chester Nimitz, all great leaders and though they had others with which they worked and consulted, they lead - alone. Even the two individuals mentioned in the article, Steve Jobs and Walt Disney, never practiced "group leadership." They lead their respective organizations. There was never any doubt who lead Apple or The Walt Disney Corporation.
Leadership always will be an individual thing. Great leaders are cognizant of the abilities of those they lead and are able to gain much from their teams, but ultimately, they provide the leadership, not the group, not the team. Can you imagine our president (any president) abdocating leadership to a "leadership group?"
I have never subscribed what the author describes as the romantic vision of a leader and neither do those people who are recognized as great leaders. Read Colin Powell's book on leadership. You won't find anything resembling a "macho leader" who grabs control or a "leadership group." Leadership is not about control or being heroic. It is about being courageous and confident in one's abilities. It is about, among other things, solving problems, motivating the team to succeed, understanding the goals, and making desicions that are often very difficult.
Here is a link to the original article: http://leadertoday.org/articles/leadershipwas.htm?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter&goback=.nmp_*1_*1_*1_*1_*1_*1_*1_*1_*1.gde_1076847_member_149031343
I'd like to know what others think. Is the future of leadership a group activity?