In order for a company to not only survive, but thrive - they must have strong leadership at the helm. Successful businesses are always in forward motion- they are continually thinking about “what’s next.” Not only are they contemplating the next great product or service - but they also acutely focused on who will lead them into the next generation. They are leader breeding grounds.
I often work with companies that confuse the terms “management” and “leadership” - the terms are vastly different and the roles require very different skill sets, yet they are intrinsically linked. In his 1989 book “On Becoming a Leader,” Warren Bennis made a list of differences - they are quite profound:
1. The manager administers; the leader innovates.
2. The manager is a copy; the leader is the original.
3. The manager maintains; the leader develops.
4. The manager focuses on systems and structure; the leader focuses on people.
5. The manager relies on control; the leader inspires trust.
6. The manager has a short-range view; the leader has a long-range perspective.
7. The manager asks how and when; the leader asks what and why.
8. The manager has his or her eye always on the bottom line; the leader’s eye is on the horizon.
9. The manager imitates; the leader originates.
10. The manager accepts the status quo; the leader challenges it.
11. The manager is the classic good soldier; the leader is his or her own person.
12. The manager does things right; the leader does the right thing.
Great food for thought - don’t you think?
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