Leader As Connector

Before we had research indicating the strong positive relationship between connection and performance, organizations operated from the superstition that performance is a function of having the right goals and consequences. How connected people were didn't even enter into the equation, as evidenced by the obsession with chains of command, operational divisions, job descriptions, performance reviews and other ways to message that divided people are the highest performers. 

We now have enough research to indicate that connected people and teams outperform the disconnected. This translates into leaders as connectors. Leaders in this world spend less time in parent-child command and control and more time in facilitating conversations, collaborations, agreements and alignments.