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Walking the line between creativity and chaos

Deborah Ancona & Kate Isaacs | MIT Leadership Center
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Many leaders want to empower autonomous teams and free the frontline to innovate, yet they are afraid to let go. What will their role be if they lose power? Will chaos ensue if they loosen the reins? These fears often result in inertia, with leaders retaining a command-and-control structure instead of leadership at all levels. The reality is that it’s less about letting go than changing our mental models about leadership to adapt to changing times. Nimble organizations are  fueled by three types of leaders: entrepreneurial, enabling, and architecting. Entrepreneurial leaders fuel a company’s innovation engine. They use “sensemaking” to […]
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