CHIEFS of DESIGN ORGANIZATIONS

CHIEFS of DESIGN ORGANIZATIONS

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A Design organization is nominally owned and operated by a Designer or Group of Designers. This is often a requirement for professions covered by Government recognized councils (like Architecture) in some countries of the world. For most other design fields this may not be a requirement.

In design organizations convener of the entity is a ‘person of authority, such as a President or a chairperson and is the prime leader. A Design organization is launched and continued (taken over) by person/s who have one or several of these authorities: the ability to hire and so influence, motivates, and enables others to contribute toward the effectiveness and success of the organizations. Three distinct authorities are identified, and a Design organization chiefs have these in various proportions.

Formal authority to lead an organization is acquired by the capacity to reimburse or compensate people who work for the organization.

Technical authority derives from superior knowledge, expertise, skill, experience, etc.

Personal authority is a function of Personality attributes such as: age, sex, race, bearing, determination, will power, appearance, charisma, height, weight, etc.

Conveners of design organization, who lack these features, try to make it up by other means. Formal authority can be procured by having a financier partner or associate, or an official appointment. Technical authority can be secured by hiring technically qualified associates or employees. Personal authority can be modified by having an indirect or remote mode of management.

Quality of leadership must vary according to the nature of work in the organization, but it is the quality of leadership that defines the work style of the organization. To achieve the first object, organizations separate out the domain of leadership for the functioning of the organization from the one required to handle a project. The second aspect requires the leader to be as versatile as the project demands.

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Organizations that handle highly variable situations or non-repeating projects need a very Radical leader. On the other hand organizations with routine projects will function well under a Methodical leader. An Autocratic leader overrides the situational differences and imposes a preconceived style. The autocratic leader expects complete obedience. Such a leadership works well for projects that are critical in time, resources and extent. A Democratic leader would rather mould the situation, so that it can be handled within the ambience of the personal (leadership) qualities. Employees get full support, status and due recognition, and as a result show responsible behaviour and self-discipline. Democratic leaders are ideal for projects involving large user base. A Bohemian leader develops a style to suit the situation on hand, and are often very useful in tackling continuously variable situations. A Custodial leader has extra ordinary economic resources so makes employees dependent on the organization with security and benefits. The resulting performance is barely adequate.

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DESIGN ORGANIZATIONS and QUALITY of LEADERSHIP

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Design organizations are substantially a person centric entity. Even in partnerships, group or corporates practices the owners / conveners or leaders, each have a very sharply defined responsibility. It is the quality of leadership varies according to the nature of work in the organization. Inversely it is the quality of leadership that defines the work style of the organization.

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The object has TWO facets: 1- The domain of leadership required for the functioning of the organization, and 2 – The domain of leadership required to handle a project. An organization operating efficiently has already this mode in place. The first aspect is more or less constant, till the organization changes its scope of business or is forced to re-evaluate it. The second aspect requires a leader to be as versatile as the project demands.

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Design organizations that handle highly variable situations or non-repeating projects need a very Radical leader. On the other hand design organizations with routine projects will function well under a Methodical leader.

For design organizations handling projects that are critical in time, resources and extent, need an Autocratic leader. Autocratic leader can override the situational differences, and imposes a pre-set style. The autocratic leader expects complete obedience of the subordinates.

Very large or multi divisioned organizations need a Democratic leader. Democratic leaders are ideal for projects involving large user base. Such leaders mould the situation, so that it can be handled within the ambience of the personal (leadership) qualities. Employees show responsible behaviour and self-discipline as they get due recognition and full support.

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Projects that are in extremely dynamic situation need a Bohemian leader. Such a leader has a fast response and develops a style to suit the situation on hand. They are well suited for tackling continuously variable situations.

A Custodial leader has extra ordinary economic resources and public contacts to get things done. Such a leader dispenses organizational resources and makes employees dependent on the organization. Resulting performance, however, may not be adequate.

Autocratic leadership at Rural Council meet India

An Autocratic leader may stimulate an organization towards an acute specialization in only one or few fields, whereas a Bohemian leader may dissipate the energy and de-focus the goals of the organization. A Democratic leader will continuously review and revise the aims of the organization, and plan the resources, to make the organizations creative.

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