The manager accepts the status quo; the leader challenges it.
I've become more and more aware of the promise and struggle to teach the global mind nowadays because I use every chance I get to ask faculty and administrators of management education programs why we don't offer at least one course - not even required, just an elective - on the world's religions.
As my blog editor knows all too well, I wasn't all that keen to enter the blogosphere world.
People who cannot invent and reinvent themselves must be content with borrowed postures, secondhand ideas, fitting in instead of standing out.
Leaders keep their eyes on the horizon, not just on the bottom line.
The manager has his eye on the bottom line; the leader has his eye on the horizon.
The most dangerous leadership myth is that leaders are born-that there is a genetic factor to leadership. This myth asserts that people simply either have certain charismatic qualities or not. That's nonsense; in fact, the opposite is true. Leaders are made rather than born.
A great director or leader knows his people, creates a great team, and then makes a great movie that can influence millions more than the readers of his column.
Create a compelling vision, one that takes people to a new place, and then translate that vision into a reality.
Specialized management courses are useful but should come well after the complexity of management and business are understood.
The primary goal of management education was, as originally conceived, to impart knowledge that could be applied to a variety of real-world business situations.
Find the appropriate balance of competing claims by various groups of stakeholders. All claims deserve consideration but some claims are more important than others.
There are two ways of being creative. One can sing and dance. Or one can create an environment in which singers and dancers flourish.
Leaders are people who do the right thing; managers are people who do things right.
How can we educators claim credit for understanding, let alone teaching, the 'global mind' without a single course on the impact of religion on every day life?
The factory of the future will have only two employees, a man and a dog. The man will be there to feed the dog. The dog will be there to keep the man from touching the equipment.
Most regular, two-year MBA programs provide both experience and the capacity to link together the essential elements of management such as finance, marketing, organizational behavior, and operations.
Excellence is a better teacher than mediocrity. The lessons of the ordinary are everywhere. Truly profound and original insights are to be found only in studying the exemplary.
Learning in a face-to-face human community, as humans have evolved to do over hundreds of thousands of years, may always be the ideal - especially in an endeavor that is as relationship-driven as business.
Leaders know the importance of having someone in their lives who will unfailingly and fearlessly tell them the truth.