Suppose you want to design the best company on earth to work for. What would it be like? That’s the question asked by Rob Goffee and Gareth Jones as they studied the relationship between authentic and effective leadership.
In Harvard Business Review, they offer their findings “as a challenge: an agenda for leaders and organizations that aim to create the most productive and rewarding working environment possible.”
- Let People Be Themselves: A dream company foregoes some degree of orderliness in order to accommodate and nurture individual differences.
- Unleash the Flow of Information: A dream company facilitates open communication and does not suppress or spin information.
- Magnify People’s Strengths: A dream company makes people better, adding value to employees rather than merely extracting it from them.
- Stand for More than Shareholder Value: A dream company gives people something they can believe in, showing them that they are part of something bigger than themselves.
- Show How the Daily Work Makes Sense: A dream company goes beyond shared meaning and helps employees find what they love to do and see their work itself is intrinsically rewarding.
- Have Rules People Can Believe In: A dream company has structure, but imposes no “stupid rules” that fail to make a meaningful difference.
Goffee and Jones offer a “Dream Company” diagnostic tool you can use to evaluate your business..