Leadership is a quality that is highly prized by employers. It is difficult to define and even more difficult to measure.
Effective leaders motivate and develop their staff to get the best performance out of them, they have happy teams and low staff turnover rate. So it makes economic sense to employ skilled, talented and gifted leaders.
They create and develop a Vision, encourage a team to engage with the Vision, manage delivery of the Vision while building, developing and mentoring the team.
Managing the delivery and coaching the delivery team is where Leadership meets Management. Often the same person is the Leader and Manager, and the requisite skills sets collide and overlap.
Sometimes the Visionary has a management team around them to handle delivery of the Vision. But the thing that sets Leaders apart from Managers is the Vision.
The Vision is about looking ahead, seeing a way to improve things, a transformation, and making the changes happen. It can be a product or a service.
Think of having the vision to create Facebook, the World Wide Web, or Google.
In Politics it is the people who had the Vision of transformational policy change such as Racial Equality, Equality for women, Votes for women, Education for all, Equal pay, Healthcare reform. Continue reading The Value of Leadership in the Labour Market and Business Environment