LEADERS NEED TO BE ABLE to respond to the fact that today we can hold less than 10% of the information we need in our brains [i], compared to 75% only 20 years ago. This means the old mantra that ‘knowledge is power’ is no longer valid. We need awareness, to earn the respect and loyalty of our followers, to nurture their desire for continuous learning, engagement, involvement and recognition.
The thing we need to understand about leadership is how it differs from ‘management’. Management is about planning, organising, staffing, controlling and problem solving whereas leadership by contrast is about establishing direction, aligning people, motivating and inspiring. Management produces key results – leadership produces change and transformation.[ii] (“Do you know the difference between Leadership and Management”. Take our quiz: to check how well you understand the difference.)
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[i] Kelley, R. (2008) Longitudinal study with knowledge workers, Pittsburgh: Carnegie-Mellon University.
[ii] Covey, S. R. (1992) The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, New York: Free Press; and Landsberg, M. (2000). The Tools of Leadership, London: HarperCollins Business.