What makes a good leader? There is the old age business question, what makes a good leader versus a good manager? I will propose these thoughts. First, a good leader must have a strong intuitive side. What this means is that a good leader must see things in abstract ways. He or she must see the world in ideological, metaphorical, theoretical, idealist ways. When one is a big picture thinker, a leader has the capability to see the economy in visionary terms. He or she will see the company’s future, 20 or 30 years down the road. The long-term financial and strategic health of the company will be the main priority for a good leader.
On the other hand, a good manager has a good operational sense to him or her. Good managers take the big picture and implement it into projects and goals. Still seeing into the future, good managers are goal setters for their employees. They see the value of the short-term financial goals. For the company must be able to survive in the short term, if the company wants to be alive to fulfill long-term goals.
Both managers and leaders must be charismatic and have the ability to gather support and confidence from the employees. They must hold the mission of the organization as part of their personal and professional goals. Many use the expression, “It’s just business, don’t take it personally.” This could not be more untrue. Managers and leaders absorb themselves into the company, hence the source of their passion and commitment to the success of the company and the employees working for them.