Newspaper article MinnPost.com

'Driving Change' Panel: Rose Uses 21st Century Tactics to Lead

Newspaper article MinnPost.com

'Driving Change' Panel: Rose Uses 21st Century Tactics to Lead

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MinnPost has assembled a panel of leadership experts and scholars, who are rotating in commenting on each of the examples of leadership profiled in our series, "Driving Change: A Lens on Leadership." Today, executive coach Kathleen Allen and Glenace Edwall of the DHS comment on aspects of leadership presented in "Terrie Rose and Baby's Space model how to raise kids from a child's point of view."

When Kathleen Allen read the story about Terrie Rose and Baby's Space, she saw something below the surface - a leadership style that was not noticeable at first glance.

"It seems like a story about traditional leadership," said Allen, president of Allen and Associates in St. Cloud, a group that coaches executives in executing change in their businesses or fields. "She's a charismatic person, she's got a good idea and she's making it happen."

But Allen is more interested in the subtext of how Rose has gone about making Baby's Space work. It's indicative of how leadership has evolved out of the 20th century and into the 21st century, Allen said.

"Twentieth-century leadership is about how to control ideas and manpower. Twenty-first century leadership is about how to unleash ideas and manpower," Allen said. New leaders don't create energy, they transform the energy that's already there "and that takes a different set of requirements," she says.

Allen calls Rose a thought leader, not a traditional leader. Leadership is about being at the edges, not about the status quo. Leaders seek to move the center (or the status quo) to the periphery, which is where leaders like Rose reside.

By noting the lack of early-education policy that focuses on the baby's point of view, Rose defined herself as an outlier of the early-education policy community, Allen said. When she first created Baby's Space, she was envisioning reforming the center of the community with her ideas.

But that plan failed, as most plans from outliers do, Allen said. What Rose did next is the mark of true leadership - she adjusted her idea.

Rose networked and created a group of people who would help her keep Baby's Space on a sound philosophical foundation. …

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