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The 'Pull Leadership' Manifesto

| June 19, 2007

by Jim Bruce

Today’s reading the “The ‘Pull Leadership’ Manifesto” by Stever Robbins, founder and president of LeadershipDecisionworks.  This piece from the Harvard Business School Working Knowledge Archives caught my eye because of its thesis:  “We need leaders who inspire others to follow, who engender loyalty.”  Robbins calls this “pull” leadership and then goes on to identify twelve key characteristics of pull leadership:  Pull leaders

1.    Create social systems that inspire people to join.

2.    Take responsibility.

3.    Believe that success of the organization is their responsibility, no matter what their job title is.

4.    Take responsibility for helping their people succeed as individuals.

5.    Work to become attrative to others.

6.    Work on their interpersonal skills.

7.    Align and inspire with their values.

8.    Are stewards of their organizations and employees.

9.    Exhibits humility and appreciation.

10.  Gives credit.

11.  Gives recognition.

12.  Architect their social and organizational space.

Robbins argues “People most want to follow leaders who don’t order them around, but rather give them the freedom and opportunity to be an active part in shaping their own lives.”

Have a great week.  .  .  .  .     jim