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The Builder's Manifesto

The Harvard Business Review has an interesting entry titled The Builders' Manifesto. It is a critical review of leadership and the fact, that we don't need leaders but builders. In the post the author Umair Haque is applying 10 principles to bosses, leaders and builders:
  1. The boss drives group members; the leader coaches them. The Builder learns from them.
  2. The boss depends upon authority; the leader on good will. The Builder depends on good.
  3. The boss inspires fear; the leader inspires enthusiasm. The Builder is inspired ??? by changing the world.
  4. The boss says "I"; the leader says "we". The Builder says "all" ??? people, communities, and society.
  5. The boss assigns the task, the leader sets the pace. The Builder sees the outcome.
  6. The boss says, "Get there on time;" the leader gets there ahead of time. The Builder makes sure "getting there" matters.
  7. The boss fixes the blame for the breakdown; the leader fixes the breakdown. The Builder prevents the breakdown.
  8. The boss knows how; the leader shows how. The Builder shows why.
  9. The boss makes work a drudgery; the leader makes work a game. The Builder organizes love, not work.
  10. The boss says, "Go;" the leader says, "Let's go." The Builder says: "come."
Go read The Builders' Manifesto.

Posted by on 22 December 2009 | Comments (2) | categories: Business


  1. posted by Patrick Kwinten on Wednesday 23 December 2009 AD:
    hmmm, now I am finally in a leading position... Emoticon undecided.gif
  2. posted by Stephan H. Wissel on Thursday 24 December 2009 AD:
    @Patrick Being in a leading position doesn't mean that you have to be a leader in the manifesto's sense. Leading positions are in much wanting of builders. So stay a builder.
    Emoticon smile.gif stw