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.