How To Grow Leaders In Your Organisation
What is leadership?
Everyone recognises a good leader when they see one, but no one agrees on a common definition.
My favourite definition comes from John Quincy Adams:
It is not easy to be a leader.
My experience tells me that in many organisations we have lots of managers – but very few leaders.
We often find leaders – with leadership titles – many of whom think they lead.
In reality, they don’t – they manage.
So what’s the problem?
Many leaders fail to grasp the distinction between being a manager and being a leader.
Managers are always busy – planning, organising, directing, controlling.
Day to day they go to meetings, deal with crises, get fed up with email and often work long hours.
Leaders, too, have to deal with these same day-to-day battles – but with one big difference.
Leaders go over and beyond the nitty gritty day-to-day management stuff of systems and processes.
Leaders have ideas.
Ideas that create a future for the organisation that is different and better.
And good leaders make their ideas happen – through other people.
Motivating and inspiring.
Taking people where they would not have got by themselves.
Managers maintain (and sometimes) gradually improve the status quo.
Leaders make a difference.
Leaders do more than just manage.
Instead of merely sustaining a legacy from the past, the true leader creates a legacy for the future.