Thursday, June 5, 2008

The 10 Greatest Management Theories, Models, or Methods

Sports and entertainment junkies love to debate their “greatest all time ever” lists.

What if you could only pick 10 theories, models, or methods to include in your leadership and management playbook - what would they be? Or, if you could only teach 10 things as a management trainer, what would they be?

To make it easier, I went to this site and picked my top 10:

1. Situational Leadership (Blanchard Hershey)

2. Management by Objectives (Drucker)

3. Hierarchy of Needs (Maslow)

4. Change Phases (Kotter)

5. Five Competitive Forces (Porter)

6. Change Equation (Beckhard)

7. Three Levels of Culture (Schein)

8. Disruptive Innovation (Christensen)

9. Leadership Pipeline (Charon Drotter)

10. Stages of Team Development (Tuckman)

It was a bit of a humbling exercise, by the way. I found out I have a lot to learn.

So what would you have on your list? What should be a "top 10 must", and why?


Chris Morgan said...

The Extraordinary Leader by Zenger and Folkman

This is based on extensive research on the leaders of many successful organisations - what dothese leaders all have in common?

I have a post on my blog about it if people want to know more:

Jackie Cameron said...

Thank you so much Dan. Colleagues and I were tasked to bring together some leadership models and I am going to cheat by sending them a link to this post! With the time I have saved I promise to produces something else myself.

mtthwdyr said...

I'm working a lot right now with the Competing Values Framework (Quinn). Using it to design a leadership training program, and also keeping it in mind for recruiting, performance mgmt and more.

Dan McCarthy said...

Jackie - You're welcome, and I know you'll pay it forward at least 2X.

Anonymous said...

I go by one theory and one theory only:

Be Excellent To Each Other. And, Party On Dudes!

This was developed by Bill and Ted during their excellent adventure.

Anonymous said...

Where are the leadership development programs by Lominger?

Steve's Place said...

With leadership and executive begins with Drucker!

The Effective Executive is required reading.