#6 … Top 10 Posts from 2015 — BUSY = The Enemy of Strategic Leadership

 

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In a previous post I shared some observations on my top blogs posts from 2015. In the coming weeks I will be taking time both to share new content and to share some of the top viewed posts from the past year.

The #6 post from 2015 was …

BUSY = The Enemy of Strategic Leadership

The work of strategic leadership is vital for organizational health and effectiveness. But often times leaders are too busy for the work of strategic leadership. Are you making time and setting busyness aside for this essential leadership work?

Leaders vs. Managers

The work of managers and leaders is different (See my previous post on key distinctions of leadership and management here. In larger organizations, some roles have the luxury of focusing on one or the other. Increasingly, organizations are looking to individuals to fulfill both roles within the same position.

Individuals are being ask to consider both giving direction (a leadership function) to their team and organizational unit and also guiding processes with efficiency of execution (a managerial function). Drawing on John Kotter and others, here are some key difference between leadership and management.

Leadership is about Doing the Right Thing by:

  • Direction Setting
  • Aligning
  • Motivating

Management is about Doing Things Right by:

  • Planning and Budgeting
  • Organizing and Staffing
  • Controlling and Problem-Solving

Vision, Strategy, & Goals

Both “Doing the Right Thing” (leadership effectiveness) and “Doing Things Right” (managerial efficiency) are vital in organizations. While both of these activities require time and attention, and busyness can be the enemy of both healthy leadership and management, perpetual busyness is especially the enemy of the leadership function of direction setting.

Time is required for setting direction as a strategic leader. It requires time to think. It requires time to reflect.

Healthy organizational vision, organizational strategy, and organizational goals come best to those who pull back from busyness for intentional time to think and reflect. ….

Here’s a link to the Purpose in Leadership #6 post from 2015:

BUSY = The Enemy of Strategic Leadership

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