The Human Dynamics Factor – Nu Leadership Series

“…’I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me…”
Matthew 25:40

Have you ever wondered, with all of the information on leadership, why aren’t managers more concerned about employees during these competitive times? Jimmy Atkins, an organizational strategist, argued “underneath the façade to systems, process, and procedures, organizations consist of people.” His observation of organizations lights a revolutionary flare. Clearly, leaders are no better in than their socio-technical systems–people are not machines.

Despite the pleading by employees and the numerous human behavioral studies, executives refuse to listen. This has created an organizational nightmare. Handy, an organizational strategist, describes this uncaring treatment of workers as another paradox. Furthermore, organizations push efficiency by exporting unproductive work and people to the curve. Handy sums this up: “The irony is that these unused workers still have to have money if they are to live.”

Unfortunately, in most cases, organizational structural alignments have fail because (a) arrogant leadership favors a predictable “top-down” management style and (b) leaders underestimate of the knowledge of the average worker. Let’s take a closer look. Current organizational structures are being held captive. Forward-thinking organizations utilize innovation and imagination to infuse new thinking into their processes while moving beyond traditional bureaucratic boxes.

However, operating with this behavior conflicts with the “top-down” approach. Therefore, managers govern but omit the “least of these.” Jesus recognized the significant of each human being and spoke on this matter. In Matthew 25:40, he said, “…’I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me…” Therefore, leaders must consider the human element during organizational restructuring.


Handy, C. (1997). The Age of Paradox. Boston, MA: Harvard Business School Press.

Morgan, G. (1997). Imagination. San Francisco: Berrett-Koehler Publishers, Inc.

© 2007 by Daryl D. Green