In the business world, there is a lot of discussion about leadership. Very often, I find these discussions are really about how to lead followers. Very rarely, in my own experience, are these discussions about the skills required to lead leaders--which is unfortunate because that is where transformational business growth really comes from. The approaches overlap, but there are some distinct differences that need to be understood.
I recently had a chance to work again with a client that I had worked with several years ago. In our first engagement, he had hired a new leadership team. From our work together at the time, my initial assessment was that some were strong, others were not, and that over time the weak ones would be weeded out.
Boy, was I was wrong. The weak ones were still there and a number of the strong ones were gone. The biggest surprise was that one of the strongest leaders
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