Team Leadership: Stone Age Management fights back
The Apprentice (BBC TV) which showcases the management style of Alan Sugar, founder and chairman of Amstrad, implies that aggressive leadership is the real secret of business success. However Sally Bibb, author of The Stone Age Company, contends that much of the success achieved by such leaders is in spite of rather than a result of their ‘no-prisoners’ style.
Bibb argues that were they to adopt more collaborative styles they would be even more successful.
For example research in JIm Collins book Good to Great of what differentiated companies who achieved 7 times the stock returns of the pack showed that a major factor was leaders who demonstrated “extreme personal humility and intense professional goodwill”.
If fact we may be doing our ancestors a great disservice in labelling a leadership style as "Stone Age" as Virtual team anthropology shows Palaeolithic societies had the practice of pooling their human capital simply to survive with leadership rotates according to the task at hand.
To read Sally's full article see Tough at the top.
Bioteams Books Reviews
If you think that there is not much human teams can learn from nature think again! Temple Grandin in her amazing book Animals in Translation: Using the Mysteries of Autism to Decode Animal Behavior (p303-307) puts forward the incredible theory that early humans only became today’s successful homo sapiens because they learned to act and think like the wolves they co-habited with.