This space is reserved for discussing anything pertinent to today’s leader – which opens it up to just about everything! In my attempt to strengthen ‘my brand’, I will share some of what I have learned over the past three decades about leadership. My perspectives will be from that of leader, as well as a follower of some good and not-so-good leaders. In mentioning the not-so-good leaders, I believe we can all learn from our own and other’s mistakes.
Some simple observations and definitions to set the stage – Leadership is different from Management, but the two go hand-in-hand. Strategy is an outcome of a leadership activity. Management is the tactical implementation of the strategic decisions of leaders. Managers can be leaders, and leaders can be managers, but the skill sets are not necessarily inherent in each other just by namesake. In other words, not all managers are leaders, and not all leaders are managers.
One last observation for this opening post. ‘Efficiency’ and ‘effectiveness’ are relevant to the leader/manager discussion, where efficiency is doing the right thing (the task of a leader to determine), and effectiveness is the result of doing things right (that which a manager does having been given instruction from a leader).