Keep the game, change the rules

Leadership is valued greatly these days. Company boards are taking leadership courses, everyone is trying to get followers or audience rather than customers… In this rush towards leadership, companies often skip a crucial part (which is probably the main reason why leadership is not solving your problems the way you figured it would): The boss is not necessarily the leader.

It’s easy to think of the boss as the leader since there are quite some similarities (dedication, responsibility, final decision…). There is however one extremely important difference: a leader is followed because he/she earned respect. A boss is the person we listen to because he/she is higher in rank. This does not mean that a boss can’t be a leader, but it’s really difficult to figure out whether people are agreeing with you because your the boss or because they actually believe you.

A boss…

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About leyssensjan

Jan Leyssens is a designer and entrepreneur who strongly believes you can’t turn sustainability into a positive story if your main focus is on negative impact. When designing, he is always looking for the overlap between activism and entrepreneurship, technology and community. His main expertise lies in strategic business model development, Circular Economy, the makermovement, and social innovation. With a background in Industrial Design, Jan quickly shifted his focus towards business design and using the design process in strategic management. Jan is the father of two kids and founder & CEO of Regenerative Design, co-founder of Full Circle, ImpactBoost, and the Circular Design map, podcaster, storyteller, and changemaker.
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