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Leaderless or Leaderful?

W.L Gore and Associates are a global organisation established in 1958 that now enjoys a multi-billion dollar turnover.  With worldwide sales in excess of $2bn and around 8,000 associates over 45 locations they have earned a position on FORTUNE's annual list of the U.S. "100 Best Companies to Work For" for over a decade.  They have also been named as one of the best workplaces in the UK, Germany, France, Italy, Sweden and Spain for several years in a row and in 2009 Gore was recognised as one of the "World's 50 Most Innovative Companies".  

 

Not bad for a company that truly does things differently.  At Gore there are no traditional organisational charts, chains of command nor predetermined channels of communication.  At Gore everyone has the job title ‘associate’ and whilst there are no formal managers, “…your team is your boss, because you don't want to let them down. Everyone's your boss, and no one's your boss.”  

 

Gore’s associates are encouraged to communicate directly with each other and are accountable to fellow members of their teams.  Ideas flow as people are encouraged to take ‘dabble time’ and teams typically organise around new possibilities rather than departmental structures.  Leadership emerges as people with good ideas, delivered with passion and purpose, gain followers who themselves are expected to fully contribute to the idea’s future success.   

 

At W.L. Gore and Associates people follow four guiding principles:

 

 

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