Born or Learned? Science or Art? Structured or Informal? Perceived or Directed? Is Managing the same as Leading? To say there is an absolute answer is terribly naive. To claim remarkable insight or knowledge of the “right way” is both foolish and a bit egotistical on anyone’s part. However, what we have all seen are some classic examples of both good and bad leaders. There are traits that work, and traits that fail…usually.
Below are just a few of the observations we have made over the years – some come to us from business, some from sports, some from politics or the military, and some just from the day-to-day world around us. Though there are no easy “right” answers, I would venture to say there are some strikingly obvious “wrong” answers when it comes to leadership.
There in lies the heart of the question – Leaders realize they must earn the respect of their team first – all else stems from the respect of the team, to include being liked.