Leaders: Stop making decisions and start leading instead

Executives frequently misunderstand their role and act instead as managers: controlling work and making decisions. They forget that their job is to define the organisation’s direction and strategy and make it clear, compelling and simple enough that everyone – top to bottom – can safely make decisions in line with that strategy.

‘What do you mean “this is a decision that needs to be made by the executive”? Are they leaders or just managers pretending to lead?’

So many people seem to think that the function of an executive is to make decisions. I mean it is just obvious, right, that’s what you need an executive for isn’t it?

Wrong.



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