Cohesive Leadership and Enterprising Families
The concept of leadership cohesion is well suited for family business systems, and most specifically relates to the proactive, effective role played by a family leader.
A family leader is typically a person who views himself or herself as a constructive force in support of, and at the service of, others. Within a family business system, the family leader works in an intentional manner, both in anticipating future problems that the family may face, and in planting the seeds for a support system to deal with future problems. The family leader’s primary concerns are the harmony and well being of the family community, with consideration for individual family members’ needs and the system as a whole.
Family leaders encourage and support others to leverage their own competencies and potential, while trying to help maintain overall balance in the system. Typical attributes of a family leader include:
- listening skills,
- healing ability,
- awareness and self-awareness,
- communication effectiveness,
- family system thinking,
- commitment to the growth of others, and
- community building.
Of course, family leaders will not always be successful and skillful in each of these aspects every time. After all, they are only human. But they do possess a number of distinct qualities and passions.