How I Define Leadership
Henry Ford used to say that a leader is not supposed to know everything, but should have at his disposal people that do. The same goes, in my opinion, for every kind of leadership. A true leader is not the one who knows exactly everything about everything and always takes decision only according to his own knowledge. It is hardly possible for one man to know that much without losing the grasp on reality. The true leader is the one who is ready to admit that he is not impeccable, that he may not be aware of some aspect of this or that information and knows a narrower specialist who knows exactly everything about this particular sphere.
The role of the leader is not to know everything, but to coordinate the actions of people who do. That is why he is a leader – centering his attention on the bigger picture, he cannot perceive every tiny detail; people who deal with various smaller areas of knowledge are too concentrated on them to see the bigger picture. The better he manages to make them work together, as a single organism, the better leader he is.
And of course, he is supposed to make people willing to work for him and with each other, even if personally they can’t stand one another. The fact that he is an excellent leader , the man who knows what he is doing, a specialist in his own area, should make the pleasure from pursuing the common goal greater than settling some personal scores.
Thus, the leader is the person who…