You're likely all too familiar with traditional leadership models. These models concentrate power over the many in the hands of just a few using command-and-control techniques from the industrial revolution era. 

Traditional leadership just doesn't work anymore. Management expert Peter Drucker showed us why decades ago. But many of today’s leaders still rely on the same outdated techniques.

The good news? There’s a better way to leadand it delivers better results. At Berrett-Koehler, we call it the new paradigm of leadership—and it's been core our mission since our founding in 1992. 

We created this simple chart to illustrate the differences between traditional leadership and the new leadership paradigm. Comparing dimensions of 10 different leadership styles, this is a perfect free resource for 

  • leadership development
  • new manager training
  • organizational development work
  • addressing organizational culture issues
Interested? Download The New Leadership Paradigm chart for free.

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