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Empowering junior leaders?

How can a senior leader encourage junior leaders to act and make decisions when they find themselves without specific guidance? How can a junior leader know when it's right to take charge?

Watch our related video: On Leadership at Gettysburg: 'Find those Confederate forces'

Posted by Steve Pearlstein and Raju Narisetti on April 22, 2010 11:31 AM
Donald Kettl

Blind obedience need not apply

Smart leaders lead by identifying the big goals, communicating them to their teammates, gathering the resources to get the job done, and licensing their junior leaders to lead.

Posted by Donald Kettl, on April 23, 2010 12:12 PM
John Baldoni

Lead through your boss

As a junior leader, you lead first and foremost with your ideas, backed by your gumption

Posted by John Baldoni, on April 22, 2010 1:25 PM
Deborah Ancona

Distributed leadership at work

Today 'command and control' at the top is going the way of the buggy whip and being replaced by 'distributed leadership' where junior leaders act when the situation demands.

Posted by Deborah Ancona, on April 22, 2010 1:15 PM
Michael Maccoby

Ignoring Robert E. Lee

General John Buford didn't wait for orders at the battle of Gettysburg and gained the high ground for the Union army. But other leaders who acted autonomously at Gettysburg were not so successful.

Posted by Michael Maccoby, on April 22, 2010 1:11 PM
Ken Adelman

The stretch assignment

Stretch assignments are the most challenging, and thus satisfying. After all, "Our stars must glisten with new fire, or be today extinct."

Posted by Ken Adelman, on April 22, 2010 1:06 PM

Crossing the Euphrates

Leading in the absence of specific guidance requires competence and confidence. The latter without the former is called recklessness.

Posted by West Point Cadets, on April 22, 2010 12:55 PM
Coro Fellows

Age of the millennial

For many millenials, its always the right time to 'take charge.'

Posted by Coro Fellows, on April 22, 2010 12:01 PM
Carol Kinsey Goman

Nordstrom's one and only rule

Can you think of a more potent prescription for chaos than inviting everyone in an organization to rely solely on good judgment when making decisions?

Posted by Carol Kinsey Goman, on April 22, 2010 11:52 AM
Jon Cowan

Horse-back lessons

My instructor helped me see myself as someone who could be fearless and confident, even as a puny kid on a huge horse.

Posted by Jon Cowan, on April 22, 2010 11:44 AM

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jmcharry: These essays on leadership are inspiring, but Gettysburg is overrated. The war was actually won in the west where the rebellion was cut in t...

SteveR1: The biggest detriment to leadership: Instant communication, such as the phone and radio. Why? "Let me check with my boss and then get back t...

johndonnerie: It's a great deal of work for the leaders to be engaged in such field. It's not an easy work to do, I must admit. And it does need a great ...

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