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Bottoms-Up: Reversing the “Top-Down” Approach to Leadership

In a heirarchical system, when those at the top are in control, have all the answers, and make all the decisions, there is often a split between those in power and those not in power. While this split creates conflict, friction, and disharmony, it also breeds ignorance. This ignorance leads to problems that affect the system financially, morally, operationally, and countless other ways. For purposes of this article, I’ll use Barry Oshry’s terms of “Tops,” “Middles,” and “Bottoms” to simplify three tiers of a given organization. Many organizations operate using this model. People at the top make decisions without seeking input from key stakeholders, namely employees. Instead, they look … Continue reading

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