Leadership – What we can learn from Aristotle

Leadership – Part II – Aristotle

PictureAristSo what does Aristotle (384-322 B.C.) teach us about leadership?  Despite the 2,000+ historical time frame the Greek historical figures brought us democracy. The ability to debate, converse and listen and take a democratic approach. In the Western world we have embraced this thinking and we have a lot to thank the Greeks for in this respect.

A democratic leadership style in contemporary management is attractive rather than repellent. People feel part of the process because their opinions count and they are listened too.  In particular when the democratic voice is ‘strong’, note should be taken by the leader, in order to pivot in this direction.

We all have to deal with constant pace of change in the form of technology, global finance and economic and environmental threats of many sorts and varieties.  However,  it is within contemporary management that the process of leading can make the greatest impact especially when this approach involves taking into consideration others opinions and views and listening to the majority voice.

A more collaborative and informal style of leadership rejects a persistent command-and control of yesteryear.  Become an effective better leader, by understanding not only the array of leadership styles and approaches, but by truly appreciating those leadership styles that are positive and effective for contemporary management within the current climate.

We are all professionals working together towards the same goal, as such leadership styles need to reflect this by being flexible, trusting, open and respectful of others needs and opinions. Trust with professionalism is the operative word.

Janette Young, Knowledge Futures is a Consultant, Coach and Learning Facilitator.   Author of Personal Knowledge Capital:  the inner and outer path of knowledge creation in a web world.  Elsevier.