Monday Motivation with SEAC(R) John Wayne Troxell: Hierarchical vs. Leaderless Organizations.

Hey folks, SEAC(R) John Wayne Troxell here, and this is your Motivation Monday brought to you by Veterans Lending Group.
I’m in my backyard right now in beautiful Lakewood Washington, and today I want to talk to you about the difference between hierarchical organizations and leaderless organizations. Are leaderless organizations more effective than hierarchical? Maybe, maybe not. Let’s take a look at the two. First of all, hierarchical organizations have a traditional Chief Executive Officer, or they have a Commander in a military sense. They have great command and control structures. They have great order and discipline, and they are very organized. Even leaderless organizations, even though they may not have an appointed leader, there will be catalysts within the organizations that will kind of guide the organizations and they are a peer they’re trusted, they’re behind the scenes and they’re connected. What are the pros and cons of each organization? First of all – a hierarchical organization. The pro’s: it has a vision. The boss has a vision, and it’s easy to set goals because you have a boss that has that vision. Also, it’s easier to assign accountability because the buck stops with the CEO or the commander for anything good bad or ugly that the organization does. The cons: a hierarchical organization can get bogged down in bureaucracy that will slow performance.


Also, there’s potential that it could lack empowerment at Echelon. What are the pros of a leaderless organization? Hey everyone’s in power! Looks great on paper because everybody’s equal who wouldn’t want to be part of that kind of organization? The con’s: It’s easy to get disorganized within a leaderless organization because of that lack of vision and goal setting. Also, when everyone is in charge – no one is in charge, and last but not least, leaderless organizations it’s easy for them to develop into factionalism where a certain set thinks a certain way in another set thinks another way, and it can hamper performance.

I am the advocate that hierarchical organizations are better, but there are leaderless organizations that can support that hierarchical organization to make them more efficient. For instance, great examples in the business sense of leaderless organizations are like Wikipedia, Skype or the Internet. All effective organizations that are leaderless that can assist a hierarchical organization and in a military sense, I can think of none better than the specialist E4 Mafia. That group of E4 leaders that are in the barracks, that have professional influence over those young E3 and below and assist them greatly in increasing their technical tactical and professional expertise. Also though, the E4 Mafia can be a detriment because if it’s not used properly or enabled or empower properly they can easily turn into the shit house lawyers that kind of assist those young individuals to see what they can get away with or to a system with poor performance. The bottom line for a hierarchical organization to be effective they have to look internally to see if they are leaderless organizations that can assist organizational proficiency.

Have a great week everybody! Don’t forget to stay PME Hard and keep pounding! Boom!

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