At a time when it is “normal that many things are changing and are changing more quickly than ever” (Karl-Heinz Geißler), the role of leadership must at least be discussed and, in parts, even questioned. Today Leadership is only legitimate if it has the self-leadership of the employees entrusted to it as its goal. Leadership is about making others successful. This human leadership is not a question of position but of attitude. In this manifesto, we describe this attitude and the values of a new, agile, digital, and human(e) leadership.
Of course, I cannot say whether it will be better if it will be different; but I can say that, it must be different if it is to be good.
Georg Christoph Lichtenberg
This manifesto was the first attempt to answer the question of leadership in the context of agile transformation. However, this journey towards more agility and self-organization in the face of VUCA, digitization, and disruption is only a welcome opportunity to revive long-standing concepts such as servant leadership. The manifesto is based on Peter F. Drucker’s research on knowledge work and the leadership of knowledge workers, as well as on the positive conception of mankind of Theory Y from Douglas McGregor’s pioneering book “The Human Side of Enterprise.” In this sense, the title of the manifesto may be understood as an allusion to this book.
There is also a printable version of this Manifesto for Human(e) Leadership.
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