Smart leaders today engage with employees in a way that resembles an ordinary person-to-person conversation more than it does a series of commands from on high. Furthermore, they initiate practices and foster cultural norms that instill a conversational sensibility throughout their organizations. [Boris Groysberg & Michael Slind in the Harvard Business Review]
This insight came form a study among more then 100 companies researched by the authors. They signalled already in 2012 that there is a growing trend towards ‘having a conversation’ rather than ‘pushing the message’ within smart organisations.
From our experience, we know that not only the CEO and other top executives but every person that leads others benefits from conversational abilities. Those include:
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About the last ability, the researches elaborate that it “enables leaders and employees to derive strategically relevant action from the push and pull of discussion and debate.” This is true for the organisational course as such, but also to the proper functioning of the direct relation between leader and follower.
The Leadership Dialogue Guide is about promoting personal interaction between people in organisations – it advocates the ‘human dimension’ within organisational structures! Just like smart leaders do.
The guide will bring you new insights, a better understanding between leader and follower and stimulates direct action to improve the relationship.