I reckon that one of the most important determinants of leadership style, is the nature of the business environment in which the leader operates. Think of two independent components of that environment – Complexity and Dynamism. Issues arise when there is change in either of these components.
As environments become more Complex, it becomes harder for understanding to flow. Folks at the front line probably won’t have the whole picture: managers might have most of the pieces but they probably won’t have time to work through the complexity. So, analysis is tougher and decisions harder to make. Leaders respond by hiring more smart folks, […]