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When we think of the meaning of leadership we think first of a group role or type of person, our ideal of the great leader. We might envisage a famous CEO or a larger than life leader like Martin Luther King or Winston Churchill.

When you groom executive talent, are you developing leaders or managers? Which does your organization most need to be successful? How do you differentiate between leadership and management? What is the relationship between either leadership or management and prosperity for your organization?

Leadership is mistakenly portrayed as an exclusively intentional activity. Most commonly, we think that we need to make a speech to lead. It’s allegedly a matter of making a deliberate appeal to people to follow us along a particular path.

When you ask executives to describe the salient features of their leadership style, many point to leading by example. They generally mean being willing to do whatever they ask others to do, to show that they don't sit in their offices while their teams do all the hard work.

The first thing you need to know as you begin your career as a manager is what management means. Some people feel that becoming a manager means gaining the authority to make decisions they couldn't make at a lower level.

There is a growing interest in what was once called "informal leadership", a label used to describe employees who take charge temporarily in their teams throughout organizations despite having no formal authority over anyone.

Many voices are calling for a greater distribution of leadership throughout organizations. With Creating Leaderful Organizations, Joseph Raelin coins a new word to describe organizations that foster leadership throughout their ranks.

“Leaders” can’t fully empower employees as long as we continue to associate leadership with position, whether senior executive or “team leader”. Organizations desperately need to empower employees more fully in order to foster more innovation faster.

Are you setting yourself up for a great fall like poor old Humpty perched on his wall? The wall I’m talking about is unrealistic expectations, hopes or dreams.

Leadership theory is confused at the moment. It’s at a crossroads. Being a leader used to mean providing direction, but this idea is waning in popularity. Why? Because the world is changing: The boss no longer has all the answers; the world is too complex. Knowledge workers want to have their say, not be told what to do.

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