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14May 13

Electing leaders rather than appointing them

An inter-webbed organisation still requires leadership.

Given that in most walks of life we elect leaders with a democratic vote it is odd that in the business world we do the opposite. A select few, usually with a self interest to protect their own position, appoint managers below them.

We’ve been experimenting with electing team leaders. We’ve incorporated an element of reasoned voting into our annual goal review process to determine who should lead within our company.

This has several benefits:

1. Leaders are elected and not appointed so every employee is on a level playing field.

2. If anyone has aspirations of leadership they simply have to earn the respect of their peers.

3. Team leaders cannot get complacent as re-elections occur annually.

  • http://www.conscious-business.co.uk Pete Burden

    Great idea Tim.

    At NixonMcInnes we’ve been considering this – including for the MD – for a while but not quite plucked up the courage. There is salary transparency and salaries – including for the MD – are set by a team of elected representatives.

    Would love to hear more. We’re exploring more examples of this kind of practice at Conscious Business meetups – in case you are interested.

    Best

    • Tim Fouracre

      Hi Peter,

      The complete salary transparency is interesting. I first read about that in this book http://www.amazon.co.uk/Maverick-Success-Behind-Unusual-Workplace/dp/0712678867. We don’t have complete salary transparency yet although we’re starting to explore that.

      In fact I would say we’ve been incrementally building up the transparency. So rather than a host of changes at once we’ve been introducing ideas like sharing our financial data with the whole team and electing the leadership team.

      Please drop a link to the Conscious Business meetups – it does sound interesting and very relevant to my posts.

      Thanks

      Tim

      • http://www.conscious-business.co.uk Pete Burden

        Hi Tim

        Here is the link – we have meetings in Brighton, London, and have just started in Bristol. http://www.meetup.com/consciousbusinessuk/

        It’s all about people sharing experience and helping each other with such ideas.

        Maverick and Semler generally definitely influenced our thinking too. There are some other useful links on the conscious business wiki too. (http://consciousbusiness.wikidot.com/background)

        Best

        Pete

        • Tim Fouracre

          This is the website I have been looking for!

          I’ve put my name down for a London meetup.

          • http://www.conscious-business.co.uk Pete Burden

            :)

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