At a time when it is “normal that many things are changing and are changing more quickly than ever” (Karl-Heinz Geißler), the role of leadership must at least be discussed and, in parts, even questioned. Today Leadership is only legitimate if it has the self-leadership of the employees entrusted to it as its goal. Leadership is about making others successful. This human leadership is not a question of position but of attitude. In this manifesto, we describe this attitude and the values of a new, agile, digital, and human(e) leadership.
Of course, I cannot say whether it will be better if it will be different; but I can say that, it must be different if it is to be good.
Georg Christoph Lichtenberg
This manifesto was the first attempt to answer the question of leadership in the context of agile transformation. However, this journey towards more agility and self-organization in the face of VUCA, digitization, and disruption is only a welcome opportunity to revive long-standing concepts such as servant leadership. The manifesto is based on Peter F. Drucker’s research on knowledge work and the leadership of knowledge workers, as well as on the positive conception of mankind of Theory Y from Douglas McGregor’s pioneering book “The Human Side of Enterprise.” In this sense, the title of the manifesto may be understood as an allusion to this book.
Manifesto for Human(e) Leadership
We believe in the creativity and motivation of human beings. We consider human leadership as pivotal in a highly networked and highly complex world. We understand the task of leadership as serving life and striving for conditions in which people, in their diversity, can contribute in the best possible way and in which they can develop themselves and work effectively together. These values are important to us:
Unleashing human potential
over employing human resources. (Read more)
Diversity and dissent
over conformity and consensus. (Read more)
Purpose and trust
over command and control. (Read more)
Contributions to networks
over positions in hierarchies. (Read more)
over leading followers. (Read more)
Courageously exploring the new
over efficiently exploiting the old. (Read more)
That is, while there is value in the items on the bottom, we value the highlighted items on the top more.
There is also a printable version of this Manifesto for Human(e) Leadership.
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Great point and well said Marcus,
But can you change people or when you talk about changing the culture of a corporation or organization do you need to change the leaders of the hierarchy to change the whole thing?
Thanks Randal! Change is hard and changing others in my opinion impossible. What I can do and try to do is to inspire people to think about their behavior and the culture they create with it. To this end, it certainly helps to start with leadership as people in most organizations are focused on the behavior their leaders show.
I find your material most interesting and relevant. Looking forward to reading more of your insights!
Thank you! Much appreciated.
Thank you Marcus for this pointed and thought-provoking statements! It reminds me of the Agile Manifesto with its purely positive statements. For my taste “Command and control” sounds a bit to negative to sincerely value it ;-)
Thank you so much for your appreciation! Indeed, it was meant to resemble the Agile Manifesto. And it is not so easy to come up with purely positive statements. And “command & control” indeed is the one where we have the most discussion. I agree, that we should try to find a better and more positive terms, e.g. “direction and feedback”.