Are we over-leading and under-managing?

Several years ago the term “leadership” became fashionable. Leaders were seen as people that “Do the right thing.” Indeed, I have blogged many, many times on the need to act with integrity and transparency such that your followers trust you to do what’s right for them and the firm over your own personal interests. My view is that people follow leaders with integrity and vision.

However, I recently read an article on BusinessWeek by Henry Mintzberg, Cleghorn Professor of Management Studies at McGill University entitled “The Best Leadership Is Good Management” and it raises some interesting points.

Mintzberg asserts that separating “Doing the right things” from “Doing things right” doesn’t work in practice and that we now have “too many leaders who are detached from the messy process of managing.” Mintzberg’s reinforces his assertion through a couple of interesting scenarios and it is difficult not to see the wisdom of his words.

Having read the article a couple of times, I now think that Leaders are people the “Do the right things the right way.”

The best leadership is inextricably linked to the best management.  

About Peter Borner

Peter is an entrepreneur and successful business leader. Currently leading a consultancy firm specialising in technical diligence for M&A and advising global firms on IT consolidation and migration to consumption based costing through the use of Cloud Technologies.

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