Secret #34: Schein On, You Crazy Diamond


Excerpted from Zingerman’s Guide to Good Leading, Part 3:
A Lapsed Anarchist’s Approach to Being a Better Leader.

A Tribute to Edgar Schein’s Essay “Leadership and Organizational Culture,” this essay isn’t, per se, about self-management. It’s an in-depth look at the style of leadership that’s needed and appropriate for various levels of organizational development. Which, in turn, is fully in synch with the idea of effective self management—it’s hard to manage ourselves well without a good sense of how what we want to do fits with what’s likely best for our business. Our hope is that it gets you thinking about how your personal style, drive, and dreams mesh with what it will likely take to bring your organization to the success you’ve so mindfully chosen. The more you understand where you are and where you need to be, the higher the odds of getting to greatness and having fun en route.