Leaders as Partners not Parents


  • Do you know what the differences between a leader and a follower are?

To answer, you need to understand how leaders are created. While focusing on producing successful leaders, human resources is creating a far greater number of followers. These leaders are given power and control over their followers and feel responsible for their actions. Is that bad? Well… yes. You need great partners in a business, not parental figures to look after their followers as minions.

The concept is detailed in Peter Block’s The Stewardship Alternative to Leadership. In the article, Peter Block talks about stewardship and how it breaks the leadership stereotype. It analyzes the authoritative and collaborative environments leadership and stewardship respectively create. Leadership creates parents. Stewardship creates partners. By having human resources create a program that takes away the authority and accountability from leaders within a business, they are allowing more room for productive partnerships to be formed.

You can read more about the benefits of stewardship here.