Research from the Hay Group has long focused on leadership competencies – in both for profit and non-profit settings. Whether leading a church, a company, a private school, or hospital, you are likely to need matrix-type leadership skills.
That’s because all these settings have 2 things in common:
- Specific leadership responsibilities within an area of expertise (sales, men’s ministry, customer service)
- The need to bring that expertise across the organization in a cross-functional setting.
Working with a complex, 2000-member church I have seen the need for senior leaders to have these skills. Consulting with a $100 million business with 400 employees, and guiding a leadership team at an urban non-profit, I witnessed the same challenges and needs.
So here is the question:
How do we lead people in non-hierarchical structures to accomplish personal and organizational goals?
The Hay research identifies 4 competencies specifically needed in matrix…
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