Designing the System of Leadership

Dan Edds
18 Januar 2021

The latest Gallup data demonstrates that 66% of the workforce is either sabotaging their workplace, or do not care, and six out of ten millennials are looking for a new job. In contrast, in the highest performing organizations, 70% of the workforce is actively engaged with their workplace, drive everyday innovation, create unparalleled customer value, and grow both personally and professionally.

Understanding leadership as an organizational system is a revolutionary, even radical new approach to leadership.

Most of the leadership training and development attempts to teach traits and attributes of great leaders. However, there is little evidence this approach has any organizational value. There are multiple reasons for this but the most important are these:

• Training is divorced from organizational values and cultures, and

• The prevailing system inhibits implementing learning.

In contrast, forward thinking organizations are recognizing that the only way to scale organizational values across the organization is through a designed organizational DNA, genetic code, or system. The system then creates a consistent employee experience, drives innovation, value creation, and turns the workplace, a place where humans can thrive. The focus is not to develop strong, courageous leaders, but a strong and courageous workforce.

About Dan Edds

For 25 years, Dan Edds has been a practicing management consultant, working primarily with state & local government, healthcare, K-12 education, higher education, and nonprofits. He is a Baldrige examiner and team leader. He is the author of 2 books, the first, Transformation Management, and his most recent, Leveraging the Genetics of Leadership, Cracking the code of sustainable team performance.

His latest book demonstrates how elite organizations approach the practice of leadership as a designed organizational system. The results are long-term elite level performance, customers who will wait in line, unparalleled economic performance, daily innovation, and a workforce that is strong, self – confident, and empowered.

Dan is a certified Lean practitioner, project manager professional, and a Kaplan/Norton Balanced Scorecard Graduate. He holds a Master of Business Administration degree in International Business from the Albers School of Business and Economics from Seattle University. He is currently a member of the Advisory Board for the Salvation Army and volunteers at the Monroe Correctional facility working with incarcerated men in their own journey of transformation.