A strong competent leader is a wonderful asset. So is a strong competent bonded team. These don’t have to be mutually exclusive although many strong leaders do interfere with team dynamics. The team has a higher “truck number”. (as in “How many of us can get hit by a truck before we’re doomed”? – a useful risk metric for project work).
The bonded team provides an advantage in resilience vs. the strong leader model. The value of this advantage varies considerably with context.
– Mark Delaney (source)
First of all: That’s a great quote and a nice balanced view of centralized leadership vs. decentralized leadership. Secondly: Truck number is a hilarious (albeit grim) metric.