I Don’t Need A Pantsuit Afterall
After reflecting and contemplating the knowledge given to me regarding leadership and change theory in this latest course, I have decided maybe a hat rack instead of a pantsuit would be a more useful tool as a leader. While the notion of the pantsuit was just a silly stereotype from a patriarchal time that I hope is passing, the hat rack is a metaphor for all the roles a good leader must portray. Think about it; Conway et al. (2017) say innovators “…must mimic the habits of entrepreneurs” (p. 14). At the same time, Weiner (2009) emphasizes the importance of a leader’s effective interpersonal skills. Then there is James O’Toole, who has us hanging our hat on values as a way to lead (2008). O’Toole (2008) explains, “values-based leaders create followers by enabling them to see clearly, and to achieve effectively, that which they hold dear” (p. 7). There are, of course, many more hats I could define us wearing as leaders. The point is the true knack is knowing which hat to don for each given leadership task. I looked in my closet just today, and while I still do not own a pantsuit, I think I may have gained a hat or two over the last nine weeks.
Weiner, B. J. (2009). A theory of organizational readiness for change. Implementation Science, 4(1), 67. https://doi.org/10.1186/1748-5908-4-67
Conway, R., Masters, J., & Thorold, J., (2017). From design thinking to systems change: How to invest in innovation for social impact. Royal Society of Arts, Action and Research Centre.
O’Toole, James (2008). Notes Toward a Definition of Values-Based Leadership. The Journal of Values-Based Leadership, 1(1).