Our Buckets Have Holes in Them (Part 3)! – Putting my finger on the Issues!

One of the main issues for organisational leaders is to manage the “space” their organisation occupies and works in – actually their organisation occupies a “space” simply by virtue of it having been created. The organisational space – or bucket – is the thing that organisational leaders are primarily accountable for. It is also the thing that they have the most freedom in designing to achieve the goals they set for the organisation. So organisational leadership is vitally important in today’s world since all people participate to a greater or lesser degree in a whole lot of organisations – they impact these organisations and are in many cases impacted by these organisations.

Some of the greatest damage today is caused by the failure of organisations – some of these failures have become household names due to their infamy. The leaders of some of these organisations have been locked up as a result of the damage caused – the leaders in organisations are being held accountable for the impact and influence their organisations have on others. And so it is essential that leaders build and manage organisations in a responsible and sustainable way.

The work of organisations is also done by many more people than just the leaders – these people are responsible to do various parts of the work of the organisation but it is ultimately the leader who is accountable for what they do. This work of leaders then is not so much about what they do with their hands – it is what they do with their heads. The work of the leader is the work of the architect – they design something that they “hand over” to others to build. The accountability for the organisation remains with the designer, and the builders need to be guided in what they do by the designers. Leaders therefore work primarily with policies in organisations to create the right “space” for everything they need dome to happen in. This “space” both constrains and liberates the people who then operate in the space. They are constrained by the “edges” of the space – what they can do, they are liberated by being able to do whatever they want – as long as they stay in the space.

The work of leaders is therefore “space-creating” and space maintaining work – the work of thinking in designing the most appropriate space for the organisation to operate in in order to achieve its goals.

And it is organisational leaders who are accountable – in law – for this work that they do – and the spaces they create and maintain.

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