LEADERSHIP IS CHANGING
Modern organisations are becoming flatter in structure, which means managers are given more responsibility to influence a result, but not the authority to control the resources to do what needs to be done.
When a hierarchical management structure is replaced with one that is broader and flatter, organisations benefit from a more agile, entrepreneurial approach. This speeds up communication and empowers more people to make decisions. But while these benefits are attractive, flat structures come with inherent challenges, most notably that managers are accorded less authority to manage more responsibility. In practical terms that means no longer being able to rely on the power of position or title. Interestingly, research by respected academics Emily Zitek and Alex Jordan has provided compelling evidence that narcissists don’t like flat structures. Because they have an inflated sense of self-worth, narcissists believe they’ll rise to the top. Without a perceived opportunity to gain rank they tend to undermine flat structures. Additionally, employees frequently lack a specific boss to report to, which can create confusion and make internal power struggles more likely. Navigating those struggles and fostering cooperation along the way thus become key concerns of modern teams. In this regard, leadership is becoming more egalitarian. In some ways leadership is like safety; it’s everyone’s responsibility.
A DIFFERENT PERSPECTIVE
Rob Redenbach has been exploring the link between safety and leadership for more than 20 years, starting when he worked as an advisor to Nelson Mandela’s bodyguard team in South Africa. Since then he has travelled the world working with an extraordinarily diverse range of clients, from not-for-profit organisations in Africa and the Middle East to publicly listed corporations in Australia, Asia and the United States. A respected expert in his field he has been featured in a wide range of media, including the ABC, Sky News Business and the Financial Review.
‘Safety’ to Rob goes beyond orthodox definitions of reducing the risk of physical harm. Genuine safety builds work environments where team members feel welcome, respected and – significantly – empowered to make a difference. These are the things that matter. And as a corporate professional leadership speaker, these are the things Rob encapsulates at the heart of his Leadership Without Rank philosophy.
LEADERSHIP IS ACTION, NOT POSITION
If you think of leadership as the ability to influence the thoughts and behaviours of others (which it is), then it is clear that a title doesn’t separate leaders from non-leaders. Of course, possessing a title does allow you to boss people around, but there is one thing a title will never deliver and that is Discretionary Effort: that gap between the minimum someone has to do, and the maximum they choose to do. And it’s in that gap of Discretionary Effort where leaders without rank can have their biggest impact, because that gap is an informal space. Succeeding in that informal space is the focus of Leadership Without Rank. And when you hire Rob to speak to your team you’ll receive keynotes and workshops packed with practical advice that helps existing and emerging leaders to:
- Reduce conflict and improve cooperation
- Introduce fresh ways of moving forward
- Build a culture of high performance
- Become more resilient – in business and life
With a proven track-record for engaging diverse audiences, Rob has spoken at hundreds of major conferences – including the inaugural Global Leadership Summit in Singapore, where he shared the speaker’s platform with Apple’s co-founder Steve Wozniak, Nobel Laureate Muhammad Yunus and National Geographic explorer Sylvia Earle.
Rob’s books, Leadership Without Rank and What I Didn’t Learn at Harvard, reinforce the key messages of his live presentations. Generous discounts apply when you pre-order copies for your conference or staff-development session.
To check Rob’s availability to present at a location of your choice, phone (+61) 0755 592 362. You can also leave your details in our contact form and we will get back to you as soon as we can.