Give Employees the Freedom to Take Up and Hand Off Leadership Responsibilities

 

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In 2014, APQC's leadership survey revealed that the most promising organizational practice for minimizing leadership skills shortages is developing leadership capabilities in all employees. All of the best-practice organizations in APQC's Reviving Leadership Capabilities study corroborated this finding. Cardinal Health, Caterpillar, Ford Motors, Monsanto, and W. L. Gore, the best practice organizations in the study, all define leadership broadly by operating to varying extents in accordance with an "everyone is a leader" philosophy. In the following article, case study examples of how the best practice organizations operate under this definition of leadership are given.

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