Steve Davis (in his regular newsletter) has been thinking about Facilitation as a leadership style and brings up a table created by Richard Weaver & John Farrell in their book Managers as Facilitators. I’ve pulled out a few rows that I found interesting, but read Steve for the fuller story. Some of this made me smile, in recognition that facilitation sometimes feels like a weird job. I think this grid points towards some of the distinctions between facilitating and taking control.
|Concerned with doing the right thing||Concerned with doing things right||Concerned with helping people do things|
|Takes the long term view||Takes the short term view||Helps people find a view and articulate it|
|Hopes others will respond and follow||Hopes others will complete their tasks||Hopes others will engage in the process|
|Inspires innovation||Inspires stability||Helps people respond to things that are new and things that
remain the same