Leadership or Administration

Looking at the historical perspective of leadership helps us understand the way in which leadership has an impact on organizations as well as society at large.  

We hear a great deal about the quality of leadership in all sectors of life.  For example, during political campaigns, we hear about the leadership qualities of a particular candidate.  Few candidates for political office embrace leadership in the way presented here.  When using the term leadership they are often referring to administration.   They are speaking about getting things done which is administration, not leadership. 

Setting the culture in which outcomes can be reached is the definition of leadership.    If CEOs and second-level executives including those in political positions focused more on leadership more positive outcomes would be achieved because those working in the organization would understand the cultural framework in which they were to function.  

In the halls of our profit and not-for-profit organizations, everyone talks about the importance of “leadership.”  Again, many suggest that leaders “get things done.”  There is a feeling that leadership is about command and control.  Again, that is simply not true.  Leadership is not about command and control.  It is about providing the framework and culture in which administrative action can take place.  

 As you work through these lessons, you must be willing to set aside concepts of leadership and administration you may have developed over many years.    

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