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January 2023 – Question Of The Month

January 30, 2021 - By Wendy Lambourne, Director, MA Industrial and Organisation Psychology, Registered Psychologist with SA Medical & Dental Council

Question: What does a Legitimate Leadership intervention fundamentally seek to achieve?

Answer:

A Legitimate Leadership intervention seeks to achieve a specific transformation – namely, a change in motive or intent from being here to take to being here to give at the level of the individual, the team and the organisation.

Leaders (those in authority) in organisations who are here to give understand that they are here to serve their people, not the other way round. What serving their people means boils down to two drops of essence: to care for and to grow their people.

By “care” is meant to have their people’s best interests at heart and to have a sincere and genuine interest in them as individuals, as human beings. By “growth” is meant to enable them to realise their full potential, to be the very best that they can be.

Employees who are here to give come to work concerned with what they can give or contribute rather than with what they can get while giving as little as possible.

Employees who are here to give are committed unconditionally to going above and beyond in pursuit of the organisation’s objectives. They are actively engaged at work and come to work to do the best job they can do.


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