Ten Principles of Constructivism – Umair Haque

A thought-provoking article by Umair Haque: Excerpt below…..

“The 21st century doesn’t need more leaders – nor more leadership. Only Builders can kickstart the chain reaction of a better, more authentic kind of prosperity.

How can you become one? Here are the ten principles of Constructivism (contrasted with these principles of leadership).

  1. The boss drives group members; the leader coaches them. The Builder learns from them.
  2. The boss depends upon authority; the leader on good will. The Builder depends on good.
  3. The boss inspires fear; the leader inspires enthusiasm. The Builder is inspired — by changing the world.
  4. The boss says “I”; the leader says “we”. The Builder says “all” — people, communities, and society.
  5. The boss assigns the task, the leader sets the pace. The Builder sees the outcome.
  6. The boss says, “Get there on time;” the leader gets there ahead of time. The Builder makes sure “getting there” matters.
  7. The boss fixes the blame for the breakdown; the leader fixes the breakdown. The Builder prevents the breakdown.
  8. The boss knows how; the leader shows how. The Builder shows why.
  9. The boss makes work a drudgery; the leader makes work a game. The Builder organizes love, not work.
  10. The boss says, “Go;” the leader says, “Let’s go.” The Builder says: “come.”

They’re not the only principles, and perhaps not even the best ones. But they begin to help us think constructively about how to build a better tomorrow. And that is, ultimately, what it’s all about.

Builders put the “Constructive” in Constructive Capitalism. Constructive doesn’t just mean “to improve on yesterday.” It also means “to build for tomorrow.” ”

Source: http://blogs.hbr.org/haque/2009/12/the_builders_manifesto.html

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