This is part one of a three-part refresher series to remember leadership history. “Those that do not study history are doomed to repeat it.”
I was talking to a group of highly competent, intelligent Gen Y mentees the other day with reference to “the days when Theory X was prevalent in aerospace…” I then took the time to explain Theory X and Y and Douglas McGregor. From that, I decided a good leader really does need to understand the pioneers of management, quality and leadership theory.
These are the management pioneers that most influenced my early thoughts about leading people while in college. I would describe all of the pioneers, but that would not be blog-like, therefore, each has a link to a more thorough source.
• 1911 Principles of Scientific Management, Fredrick Taylor
• 1943 Theory of Hierarchy of Needs, Abraham Maslow
• 1946 Concept of the Corporation, Peter Drucker
• 1954 The Practice of Management, Peter Drucker
• 1968 Motivation-Hygiene Theory, Fredrick Hertzberg
• 1933 The Social Problems of an Industrialised Civilization (Human Relations Theory Hawthorne Effort), Elton Mayo
• 1960 The Human Side of the Enterprise (Theory X/Theory Y), Douglas McGregor
For some of us, this is like a walk down memory lane. Others may not be as familiar with them. One thing for sure, we owe it to the people we mentor to help them build their foundations on the theories of the original pioneers.
Are there any pioneers you would have added to this list? Will you share it with your mentees?