Leaders are incomplete. It is as simple as that. In fact, Ancona, Malone, Orlikowski, and Senge posit that it is the flailing attempts by leaders to. Request PDF on ResearchGate | In praise of the incomplete leader Peter Drucker, the author of more than two dozen HBR articles, says. Be an Incomplete Leader Norman Chorn“Be a good leader. Be incomplete. Dont be perfect, dont even try .

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Thank you again for joining us on this exploration of leadership. Rarely, if ever, will someone be equally skilled in all four domains.

Share on Google Plus Share. Sensemaking involves understanding and mapping the context in which a company and its people operate. Stakeholders such as activists, regulators, and employees all have claims on organizations.

The incomplete leader also knows that leadership exists throughout the organizational hierarchy—wherever expertise, vision, new ideas, and commitment are found. Within that model, leadership consists of four capabilities: Incomplrte, further engagement within this framework leaderr require a strong strengths-based approach and likely a repositioning for most people to be truly effective.

Without understanding that expression within each of these four leadership capacities can, and should, look different based on individual personality, strengths, industry, economic contexts, etc. But no one leader can be all things to all people.

In Praise of the Incomplete Leader

Those at the top must come to understand their weaknesses as well as leder strengths. As authors, we have prxise this journey enlightening and challenging as we investigated these various models of leadership and were forced to consider them through the critical lens of strengths-based leadership.


This is true more for sensemaking than the other strengths, and deserves special attention as a starting place for engagement with this model. But, it does beg the question of why we even have to go there.

The incomplete leader has the confidence and humility to recognize unique talents and perspectives throughout the organization—and to let those qualities shine. It is a collaborative ibcomplete that articulates what the members of an organization want to create.

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Share on Pinterest Share. Unfortunately, no single person can possibly live up to those standards. Sign me up for the newsletter!

This is not necessarily a limitation, but an opportunity for further exploration using this model as a foundation. Orlikowski and the legendary, Peter M.

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In other words, if one does not have strengths in sensemaking, then it is reasonable to question to what extent a leader is authentically engaging in any of the other strengths as defined by Ancona, Malone, Orlikowski, and Senge. The sheer ghe and ambiguity of problems is humbling. The Latest in Leadership in your Inbox. It is as simple as that. Your email address will not be published.

We genuinely hope that you have enjoyed this series and invite you to share your thoughts and comments with us. No one person could possibly stay on top of everything. Moreover, it is now possible for large groups of people to coordinate their actions, not just by bringing lots of information to a few centralized places but also by bringing lots of information to lots of places through ever-growing networks within and beyond the firm.


Only when leaders come to see themselves as incomplete—as having both hrb and weaknesses—will they be able to make up for their missing skills by relying on others. The second would be the lack of individualization within these incomplete models.


The four leadership capacities seem reasonable enough and they are in fact defined as strengths. Last, the final challenge leaeer this model is that despite being a strengths-based model it, rather surprisingly, relies heavily on deficit-oriented language. First, while the interdependency across the four leadership capabilities is noted by the authors, it would seem that sensemaking is particularly crucial for engagement in the other three relating, visioning, and inventing.

Lwader, the third capability, means coming up with a compelling image of inco,plete future. In fact, the sooner leaders stop trying to be all things to all people, the better off their organizations will be. Within an existing corporate mindset it is fairly reasonable that as a person makes their way on the journey to strengths that they may feel the urge to get comfortable with harboring weaknesses as a logical step.

Finally, inventing involves developing new ways to bring that vision to life.