Archive for June 23rd, 2011

Leaders and leader / managers distinguish themselves from the general run of managers in at least six respects:
1) They think longer term —  beyond the day’s crises, beyond the quarterly report, beyond the horizon.
2) In thinking about the unit they are heading, they grasp its relationship to larger realities — the larger organization of which they are a part, conditions external to the organization, global trends.
3) They reach and influence constituents beyond their jurisdictions, beyond boundaries.
4) They put heavy emphasis on the intangibles of vision, values, and motivation and understand intuitively the non-rational and unconscious elements in leader-constituent interaction.
5) They have the political skill to cope with the conflicting requirements of multiple constituencies.
6) They think in terms of renewal.  The routine manager tends to accept organizational structure and process as it exists.  The leader or leader / manager seeks the revisions of process and structure required by ever-changing reality.
    —   John W. Gardner
From his book:  “On Leadership

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