Leading from the Rear

Leadership is a topic that never grow old. It is a topic that is iconic, relevant and futuristic.

New leaders and leadership models are being born at a rapid rate, so much so, that traditional values related to leadership can be considered antiquated.

Leadership models today are easily ousted my newer models adopted by more important people or people who are more successful than the last person. Dr. Cornel West, in Race Matters, says, leadership comes from the embedded traditions that shaped talented and gift persons.

Leading from the rear is a concept that operates as a bridge for the past and a spring board for the future. The bridge that is created by this type of leadership, this displays a leader’s cognitive notion that leaders existed before him/her. Leaders should embrace the communities and systems that are essential in their leadership traits. These elements are just as important as new doors and new opportunities.

One of the most common places to witness one leading from the rear is in a military cadence formation. Leading from the rear provides visional alignment with those who are being led. This concept does not imply in order for one to lead from the rear, one must be willing to do the duties of those in the rear. No, this concept suggests that one should have just as much concern, compassion and interest for those in the rear as they do for those in front. It is too often that modern leadership focuses on small circles, however leading from the rear could provide longevity within a company or organization. Anytime the attention and focus is only on high achieving people, it means that the system is only as good as the high achieving people. Therefore, leading from the rear keeps the attention on the entire system and provides care to the total system rather than a few good men.


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