True leadership is a lot rarer than we’d like to think it is – or should be. I have heard that 75% of us consider ourselves to be above average in our driving skills – a statistical impossibility. I often think the same is true about leadership.
I believe a big part of the reason for the leadership shortfall is the confusion of “management” and “leadership” and the failure to appreciate the dynamic and creative tension between the two. I have written extensively on the conflicts and synergy of management and leadership. An entire section of my articles and columns on our web site is devoted to this topic at http://www.clemmer.net/articles/subject_2.aspx. Chapter One of my book, The Leader’s Digest: Timeless Principles for Team and Organization Success is built around this balance issue.