Boris Johnson remains the favourite to win the Conservative leadership election and replace Theresa May next month. If Johnson surpasses the other Tory candidates to win the top job, he is expected by some MPs to take a more hands-off ‘chairmanship’ role as prime minister, handing down authority over policy areas to trusted advisers.

Dr Simon Hayward, a leadership expert and author or The Agile Leader, says that if Boris Johnson becomes prime minister and adopts a chairmanship approach, it would be in stark contrast to May’s “command-and-control style of leadership”, in which she “relied on a small group of trusted advisers, displayed a tendency to hold on to power rather than to share it, and was a reluctant collaborator”.

Haywards adds: “If Johnson is genuinely thinking about sharing leadership responsibility by handing down authority – which would be quite an enlightened approach – he also needs to be an enabler. Enablers provide clarity of purpose and direction to their colleagues, which helps to ensure that everyone’s priorities are aligned.

“They naturally connect with others and listen to what they say. They’re good at building trust… and are able to engage others by using their natural empathy to create a strong personal connection with a wide group of people.”

© The Telegraph 2019

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