I usually like what Henry Mintzberg has to say, and I enjoyed his performance at a recent HR conference. He challenges many of the clichés about leadership and the “inflated sense of the CEO”. I agree with him that paying yourself a vast salary is not the act of a good leader; it is absolutely bound to distance you from the people working under you. He’s more interested in supporting collaboration and getting people to learn together rather than teaching from on high.
The suggestion that HR folks see themselves of fifth columnists is great. Actually I suspect that might be good advice to a lot of other people working in big organisations.
Hat tip: Harold Jarche