What do you say about this case?Do you think leadership is more or less important in today's flatter, team-based organizations? Are some leadership styles better suited to such organizations as...

What do you say about this case?

Do you think leadership is more or less important in today's flatter, team-based organizations? Are some leadership styles better suited to such organizations as opposed to traditional hierarchical organizations?

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readerofbooks | College Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

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This is a great question. I can see why this question was prompted. In our current climate, many people like the idea of a team based model of working, even in the business realm. With this emphasis a traditional understanding of leadership may be given less emphasis. However, I think that a strong leader is still very important for a few reasons. 

First, from a realistic perspective, to get the job done, you still need a leader. Someone has to cast the vision, make the goals, and make sure that the work is progressing. Also a leader is central when it comes to conflict. Who will break the ties? Who will mediate among the disagreements? 

Second, just because there is a strong leader, this does not mean that a team-based model cannot exist. In other words, they are not mutually exclusive. The key is for the leader to listen. This is what makes a good leader in part. 

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