Leaders Lead…and Manage

It’s often said that leaders lead and managers manage. From my perspective, if a leader doesn’t “manage”…if they don’t organize the system to pull off their vision by essentially clarifying who’s going to do what by when and then holding people to their commitments, then they aren’t leading. They may be philosophizing eloquently or something, but if the system doesn’t move, they aren’t leading. So for me what’s essential is behavior that effectively activates “the followers.” Values…such as engaging the organization in problem assessment and solution generation instead of imposing solutions on them…gain most of their relevance in the organizational context in that they are sound leadership/business strategy, not visa-versa.

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