Leading from the top down stifles creative thinking

first_imgHR should concentrate on ‘liberating leadership from the bottom’. Andrew Foster, HR director of the UK’s largest employer the NHS, tolddelegates that change driven from the top of an organisation limits innovationand that the most effective leadership comes from the bottom. He said leadership must come from all sides, as much of the wisdom in anorganisation is held with those delivering front-line services. However, Foster warned that significant change would only come if HR wasaggressive, assertive and had the self-confidence to argue the case when itcame to developing staff. He said hierarchies produced compliance, but training staff to be individualleaders would deliver considerable change. “Leadership should come from the bottom, with encouragement from thetop and the two groups networked together by middle management,” he said.”Individuals can have tremendous inspirational fire; we need to light athousand of these fires and let them spread.” Related posts:No related photos. Leading from the top down stifles creative thinkingOn 28 Oct 2003 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Articlelast_img read more