Leaders have to achieve psychological independence to enable them to apply their talents to the work at hand. This independence frees the leader to expand on his or her talents and thereby become an object to allow subordinates to identify with and to cultivate and apply their own talents in the interests of meeting and even expanding on objectives.
Content: Quotation | Author: Abraham Zaleznik | Source: Harvard Business School (HBS) Working Knowledge | Subjects: Leadership, Personality / Behavior
Managers are oriented to process, while leaders are attuned to substance. Process is concerned with establishing procedures for solving problems, while substance deals directly with the problems at hand. Process is soon related to obsessive thinking and depressive emotional states, while substance energizes and draws on imaginative thinking. Managers tend instinctively to delegate; leaders like to get involved in working toward solutions to substantive problems. … [ Read more ]
Content: Quotation | Author: Abraham Zaleznik | Source: Harvard Business School (HBS) Working Knowledge | Subjects: Leadership, Management