We found this article by Toby Culshaw at SOURCECON. It caught our attention as Toby addresses the challenges of identifying effective Managers from Impactful Leaders. Toby in turn refers us to an article written by John Kotter back in 1996. Which is as accurate and relevant today as it was 22 years ago. In our practice, almost every Search Project’s selection criteria addresses a need for Leadership of Change in any of or all of its operating results, methods, or company culture. Never are we tasked with recruiting talent who will keep things as they are. While this is easily understandable in today’s ultra-competitive business climate. Surprisingly, we can have a tough time getting clients to describe what Impactful Leadership means to them so we’ll recognize it in candidates. In summary, this article may simplify the differences between Managers and Leaders as well as help with recruiting talent.
Enjoy the Article! ~ Jim Fairfax