Leadership for Learning

Leadership for Learning: This type of leadership tries to draw out the best in everyone, including their ideas. Leaders for learning recognize that they are always learning too. Dismiss that feeling that as a leader, one must to be “the smartest person in the room” — and demonstrate it. 

This kind of leadership attitude — and style — has sometimes been called Servant Leadership, symbolized by the upside down pyramid. It also has the attributes inculcated in military leaders, where mission, not money, is the primary motivator. Few people go into combat for financial return, so leadership has to be no-nonsense, people-oriented.

A military commander developing troops has to be aware that the next mission may be different and unexpected. Versatility and preparedness are important. Finally a good commander realizes that in any tough situation, the welfare of everyone depends on the competence and attitude of all members. She does not skimp on preparing troops for the worst. Four simple rules of leadership behavior sum up this up:

Mission is top priority.
Welfare of the troops comes second.
My personal welfare is third.
Always tell the truth (good, bad, and ugly).

Even if you dislike the military and some of its missions, you can apply their leadership concepts to a regenerative mission. And another good analogy is an orchestra conductor, who does not play, but is out front waving around, with the objective of drawing out the very best performance that each musician is capable of rendering, and blending it into a masterful whole.