For those who have followed me for awhile, or heaven forbid worked for me in the past, you will know that I believe deeply that leadership does not vest in singular people but rather, in great organizations, permeates the group. It is not asked of folks to give, it is voluntarily surrendered. Leadership exists in all of us and requires the simplest change movement in existence, a personal decision to change and lead. It does not require permission, a budget, a boss you love. It does not require an org structure, specific strategy or an organization at all. It requires you, to commit, personally, emotionally, to leading.
Great yet small post at Andrew P Wilson’s Blog, and I couldn’t agree more. The movement for greater openness with regard to government data, or Government as a Platform, certainly contemplates this. If we are embracing new ways of governing itself, shouldn’t we embrace a new view of leadership. That the best singular leaders are those that enable the Government Platform, not that focus nearly exclusively on service delivery itself. It is the leader that drives forward the leader in us all that means the most to society.