Knowing When To Lead Differently


We nimble leaders have four ways to lead. We can conduct, coach, collaborate, or convene. We select a way to match the situation:

  • We conduct in emergencies and when others need to build competence (when we need to show them how).
  • We coach when others need to build confidence, build capacity, and when we no longer want to do a particular chunk of work ourselves.
  • We collaborate when the problem or its solutions are bigger than any of us.
  • We convene to give great people a structure for success lest they trip over each other and tumble into politics or chaos.

Of course, there are many times when we will use two, three, or four of these at once.

Lead on.


In your corner,



Today’s photo credit: Theresa Thompson cc

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