How Do You Define Cutting Edge Leadership?

“Both as a natural byproduct of perceptions of broken leadership that has resulted in the current crises and in the need to find new leadership to resolve crises (...) How do you define leadership that is cutting edge and what program models hold promise?” 


Dave Suss - KFLA Board Member, Tom Gallagher (KNFP-10) - Director, Ford Institute for Community Building, Betty Overton (KNFP-09) - V.P. for Academic Affairs, Spring Arbor Univ., Kevin Fong (KNFP-14) - Founder, Elemental Partners


The way I define leadership in my practice is through three basic concepts -

1. Clarity of Purpose

Making sure everyone is on the same page philosophically (mission, vision, values) and strategically (goals, priorities).

2. Alignment of Principles

Assuring that everyone on the team is personally aligned with the organization’s purpose and operating principles (how we view diversity, accountability, service, success for example). With this in place, there will be a foundation of trust and unity.

3. Integration of Systems

Identifying strengths and weaknesses and assigning roles and responsibilities to accentuate those strengths. This also looks at proper sequencing so the work is coordinated and integrated.

While this may not be cutting edge, it makes sense for folks and it works.