October 29, 2007

manager, leader & leadership

A few thoughts:

  • Managers generate (good & bad) results
  • Leaders generate consistent good results
  • Leadership generates sustainable result of excellence

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  1. Paul Roberts

    In the Leadership and Excellence module we spend some time defining leadership. The definition that I use based on my study of the literature is ‘Leadership is the process of influencing the thoughts and activities of followers towards the achievement of shared goals’. From this we could see that effective leaders achieve their goals and ineffective leaders may not. Thus, I do not connect leadership itself with good results. The results that are achieved are derived from the effectiveness of the leader, the characteristics of the followers and the situation in which this is taking place.

    Similarly, for your third thought it is perhaps effective leadership that generates sustainable result of excellence because it is the ability of the effective leader to createa vision for the future that the followers are inspired to achieve.

    12 Nov 2007, 13:37

  2. Thanks for the comment, very helpful indeed. I guess I was trying to make a distinction between mangers and leaders, perhaps effectiveness is a more suitable description as most times ineffective leader are only being reactive & concerns mainly maintenance, effective leader on the contrary is proactive & concerns more about growth.

    Another thought that still troubles me is weather leadership is the ownership of an individual or an organization. Can an organization symmetrically build leadership and fostering individuals become leaders? Instead of depending on the few charismatic leaders?

    27 Nov 2007, 22:13

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