Ray Smith

On June 8th, Dr. Ray Smith explained a new metaphor for managing and leading organizations-based on the principle of fusion rather than fission: Fusion Leadership. Dr. Smith is our senior lecturer of MBA course Leadership and Corporate Governance with a long teaching experience in the U.S. and abroad.

During his inspiring lecture, Dr. Ray Smith explained a difference between traditional perception of leadership which was based on fission (split) between leaders and followers and a new version of leadership bringing all forces together.  A relationship between leaders and followers is reciprocal in influence and sheltered by a mutual trust.  Dr. Ray Smith highlighted that in Fusion leadership; a leader does not dominate in a process, but plays only a partial role. Leadership grows from emotions. The lecturer described how the principles of mindfulness, heart, courage, integrity, communication and mutual vision help to create stronger organization structures based on interdependence and symbiotic relationship between an organization and its employees.

Among other questions of the A+Q part, the audience asked whether this new model of leadership is also applicable in huge business conglomerates where the employees are not that integrated. Dr. Smith emphasized that also a big companies such as Coca-Cola showed a movement towards this more profitable model with win/win situation. A vision of the organization must be communicated widely and understood by everyone in the organization.  It defines both – the common destination and journey. For example, what employee would be not motivated by the following:  “A Coke within arm’s reach of everyone of the planet?” (Coca-Cola)


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