Change the "what is" through "what does it mean (to me)"
What role does leadership play in the discovery, interpretation, and creation of truth? What would be the truth if there were no laws? If the law demands to be observed and / or obeyed, what does the truth imply?
Organizational values, are they truths or are they laws?
In the actions of an organization, regardless of its characteristics, what are the explicit and implicit laws? Comply with working hours? Achieve the objectives? Be friendly? If there were no such “laws” would people continue to behave as such, complying with such regulations?
If the answer is no, then are people obeying these "laws"? Do I want to have, in my organization, people who get used to obeying or being? And if so, why are they obeying? The payment of the salary, the economic / social benefits, are they enough to demand obedience? If that's the case, then you could say that obedience depends on an incentive / benefit. But that means that every time a person receives an incentive / benefit, is there an automatic responsibility of obedience towards the origin of such incentive / benefit? And if I continue down this path, what is the organizational culture that the organization is developing that accustoms its staff to “obey” according to the incentives / benefits received?
Perhaps this would explain the “lack” of proactivity, innovation, creation in organizations. Many times I have seen leadership in photos and / or phrases that show the role of “pulling for the same side” or “harmonizing the work team.” Does leadership influence people to change? How powerful is leadership? If the change is personal (that is, of each person) then you could argue that leadership does not exert the change, but creates an environment for each person to discover whether they feel comfortable or not and, in such case, carry out a change. Under this conception, also, I seek that “change” is not explained as something external, that it is outside and people achieve / find / buy it, but that it is internal and of each person discover it, feel it, develop it; in other words, take responsibility for the changes. What is the truth in the daily actions of an organization? Do people feel what they are doing? Do I want my organizational culture to promote the appropriation and discovery of personal purposes aligned with organizational purposes?
Perhaps leadership is about creating a space where each person feels comfortable to discover their own truths and, thus, discover from which side the personal contribution nurtures the organizational purposes. Different conception to determine leadership as a person who enhances personal abilities for the efficient fulfillment of certain tasks; If I go by this last definition, then when the leader disappears, the feeling of leadership disappears as well. But, if we managed to instill a leadership environment, each person would have the personal tools to be leaders in their own ways and choose leadership (here called leadership to the person who effectively assumes the role of leader)