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July 29, 2008

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diane davidson

What a wonderful post, thought provoking and 'approach expanding'. Some of the best leaders I know observe, synthesize, and finally speak. With the advantage of having listened carefully to all that has been said, they often produce a stellar idea, clear direction, or a new observation that moves the team or project forward.

Stephen Collins

Great post, Rachel! It's work like yours, that I find interesting all the time, that will make my new Masters study worth it. I'll certainly mess with their heads!

As an aside, a friend who had read both this post and my latest, On Management and Leadership (http://www.acidlabs.org/2008/07/30/on-management-and-leadership/ ), accused us of having a psychic link! If that's the case, I can only benefit.

Rachel Happe

Hi Diane/Stephen -

Thanks for stopping by and leaving comments. I love watching and working with leaders who operate in this way but they are few and far between. I was lucky enough to watch my father lead in this way so I probably got a better dose of it than many...and understand how deep the impact is of doing so. It's not an approach for the impatient or the people who want the answer *now* but the long term benefits are amazing.

Alexa

Rachel,

I really enjoyed reading this. Thanks for sharing!

We're lucky to have your leadership present everyday at Mzinga. I really mean that. The leaders I look up to most are the ones that know how to listen and I appreciate the fact that I can always walk past your office knowing there's someone in there who can do that.

Alexa

Rachel Happe

Hi Alexa -

I'm glad you feel that way - I must admit that my own ability to lead from the back is in progress...I'm by nature pretty impatient so it's something I continually struggle with but knowing people feel that I will listen is an important first step - and stop by any time, you have a lot of great ideas!

Rachel

kare Anderson

Ah the wonder of the net that your post came to me today. So succinct and pithy.

Your post, lead from the back is helpful advice, not just when one does not have the power of a title but when one wants to bright out the brightest side of an individual and a group, meandering as the pat may seem, it may lead to the smartest accomplishment - and participants are more likely to feel an allegiance to "our" goal or movement or innovation.

Go slow to go fast

I'll bet clay shirky would agree with you here.

kare Anderson

Ah the wonder of the net that your post came to me today. So succinct and pithy.

Your post, lead from the back is helpful advice, not just when one does not have the power of a title but when one wants to bright out the brightest side of an individual and a group, meandering as the pat may seem, it may lead to the smartest accomplishment - and participants are more likely to feel an allegiance to "our" goal or movement or innovation.

Go slow to go fast

I'll bet clay shirky would agree with you here.

kare Anderson

Ah the wonder of the net that your post came to me today. So succinct and pithy.

Your post, lead from the back is helpful advice, not just when one does not have the power of a title but when one wants to bright out the brightest side of an individual and a group, meandering as the pat may seem, it may lead to the smartest accomplishment - and participants are more likely to feel an allegiance to "our" goal or movement or innovation.

Go slow to go fast

I'll bet clay shirky would agree with you here.

Kuldeep

I today thought about this and googled 'Leadership from the back' and found this post. I really think that leadership from the back works very well. It also has great merit of sustainability and it works quietly.

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