Thursday, March 15, 2007

Its Not Magic, Its Leadership...

Often times we confuse visionaries with leaders; not that they are mutually exclusive but they are not he same. You can say the same of charisma. Perhaps it is a magical experience or encounter when you meet a charismatic visionary, but neither quality is what ultimately makes a great or even good leader.

When dealing with a charismatic visionary, I have only one piece of advice, don’t let the magical qualities blind you to an inability to develop relationships that mitigate risk for the individual players and ultimately for the organization.

Leaders are catalysts and they have one and only one job, enable organizational success. If his or her magical qualities get in the way of accomplishing this one job, look for someone with a little less magic.

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