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Stein, H.F. Allcorn, S. (2014). Good Enough Leadership: A Model of Leadership. Organ. Soc. Dyn., 14(2):342-366.

(2014). Organizational and Social Dynamics, 14(2):342-366

Good Enough Leadership: A Model of Leadership

Howard F. Stein, Ph.D. and Seth Allcorn, Ph.D., MBA

The authors propose a model of organisational leadership that is founded upon D. W. Winnicott's concept of “good enough mothering”. The “good enough” leader (GEL) contrasts with “hard” and “soft” leadership. The psychodynamics of all three types of leadership are discussed, with special attention to the work of Thomas Ogden on the “autistic-contiguous” mode of experience. Stories are presented that illustrate “hard” and “good enough” leadership. “Good enough” leadership is characterised by values of openness, inclusiveness, transparency, collaboration, mutual trust, and mutual respect. The authors argue that the GEL attempts to create a playful, while serious, space in which new ideas and solutions may emerge. “Good enough” leadership can be decisive without being top-down, command and control, and often brutal. The authors present ways in which the model can be used in training/teaching future organisational leaders.

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