Re: Leadership?

Subject: Re: Leadership?
From: Arlen -dot- P -dot- Walker -at- jci -dot- com
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 9 Mar 2001 15:58:52 -0600

>It's important to separate management
>skills from leadership qualities.

The best illustration of these two skill sets I've heard came from Stephen

Say the job is to cut down half the trees in the forest (sorry, Geoff). A
good manager is the one who is continually finding dull axes and getting
them sharpened, offering training in the art of swinging the axe more
efficiently, clearing away undergrowth to enable the choppers to more
quickly get to the base of the tree.

A good leader is the one who stops, climbs to the top of one of the trees,
looks around, and hollers, "Wrong forest!"

Now, it's possible for both skill sets to come in one package, but it's not
always necessary they do, so long as they recognize each other.

Have fun,
Chief Managing Director In Charge, Department of Redundancy Department
DNRC 224

Arlen -dot- P -dot- Walker -at- JCI -dot- Com
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