Commanding is not leading
Q: George Steinbrenner violated just about every rule of the leadership handbook, yet he brought tremendous success to the NY Yankees, both on and off the field. What does this say about the conventional wisdom on leadership?
There is a difference between "leading," on the one hand, which involves vision, persuasion, motivation, and other attributes useful in bringing along people who have other options, and, on the other hand, exercising the powers of an all-empowered "boss" who may simply issue commands and, if the commands are not obeyed adequately or quickly enough, fire those whose perceived inadequacy of response is displeasing to him.
George Steinbrenner had a powerful commitment to results and to primacy, and that is an important element in the exercise of leadership, but to command is not the same as to lead.
Posted by: mitchlead2xl | July 19, 2010 9:23 AM
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