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Leadership

Who is the leader here?

What is leadership has always been a challenging question, and there are many different approaches to understanding leadership. In essence, we believe a good leadership definition to be: ‘a relationship through which, one person creates opportunities and influences the behaviour or actions of other people towards the achievement of goals’.

Experience suggests that there are a lot of managers out there: people who focus on controlling and organising the processes and resources to achieve what needs to be done. There are fewer leaders: people who inspire others to act, encourage ownership, commitment and a passion for the goal. Understanding the difference between leadership and management is a critical step in becoming an effective leader. In our experience:

Leaders:

  • Have high levels of integrity
  • Are focused on the bigger picture
  • Are not comfortable with “intense detail”
  • Make me (their direct reports) feel part of their vision
  • Do not punish mistakes – but, rather, see mistakes as learning opportunities
  • Challenge the status quo
  • Are not afraid of being unpopular

Managers:

  • Are process driven
  • Are comfortable with detail
  • Are more interested in the bottom line than the wider vision
  • Want to measure everything
  • Are not comfortable challenging the corporate view

Truly great leaders are very good at creating opportunities for others to succeed.

You can accomplish anything in life, provided that you do not mind who gets the credit. Harry S. Truman

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