Change creates Leaders, Leaders create
"Leadership is the art of
getting someone else to do something you want done because he wants to do
Leading-up is about leading your boss,
helping your supervisor to see the right goal and find the right path before
too late. Once
your boss knows that you
bring judgement and get results, the way is clear for you to lead your boss.
But your boss must want it and you must be able to deliver it.
Intrapreneurs must master the art and skill of leading up because they
have to make their upper management to embrace their
entrepreneurial vision and enthusiasm.
Entrepreneurial leaders must
know how to lead up to be able to inspire the top management to pursue
emerging entrepreneurial opportunities.
Leaders of Radical Projects must be
good at leading up because
radical innovation projects have to move through a terra incognita and
deal with many unforeseen challenges.
"Leading up requires an ability to work in two
directions at once, of both stepping into the breach
and listening to those below you before you step off
a cliff yourself.
Above all, upward leadership requires the conscious subordination of
personal gain to organisational purpose.
Leading the boss is therefore about helping the organisation to achieve its
mission regardless of the personal costs or benefits.," says
Michael Useem, the author of Leading Your Boss.
"Upward leadership requires a driving urge to make things
happen on high, an unflinching willingness to take charge
when not fully in command. When a subordinate does lead up, it requires equal courage for the boss to
listen down, especially in cultures that traditionally eschew voices from
below. A culture
that encourages upward leadership is built, not born. For that, senior
managers must regularly insist that their junior staff question strategy and
challenge error. Asking those of lesser rank to say what they candidly think
and complimenting them for doing so are small measures that can make for