Everyday Leadership

How Can Anyone Be a Leader Every Day? Examples of Amish Leadership and Japanese Corporation Leadership Training

Authored by: Sunny Jeong

The Routledge Companion to Inclusive Leadership

Print publication date:  April  2020
Online publication date:  March  2020

Print ISBN: 9780367265670
eBook ISBN: 9780429294396
Adobe ISBN:

10.4324/9780429294396-13

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Abstract

Taking inclusive leadership further, this chapter argues that inclusive organizations should activate everyday leadership where everyone can be and should be a leader. This chapter redefines inclusive leadership as taking a collective responsibility under the concept of everyday leadership. Examples of inclusive everyday leadership and its development are provided in the rich contexts of Amish business practices and Japanese corporation training of job rotation, which support the statement that everyone can be a leader, and well-designed training and development programs allow corporations to cultivate everyday leadership. Everyday leadership at the workplace is when anyone in an organization takes intentional and daily action to make a positive impact on others within the boundary of organization’s shared core visions and values. A new definition of everyday leadership allows us to celebrate intentional leadership as the everyday act of improving others’ lives, including colleagues, coworkers, customers, and stakeholders of any business including our community. When we involve everyone in leadership, only then can we hope for a totally inclusive organization, where everyone takes responsibility for organizational success by serving others.

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