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Identifying the Strengths and Weaknesses of a Leader


Identifying the Strengths and Weaknesses of a Leader



Peter Costa shares a lesson from history to illustrate why leadership without management renders a leader ineffective and possibly dangerous. 

What do you think of when you see the word “management”?

Probably nothing good.  Management seems to have become a dirty word, the antithesis of what a real leader is supposed to be.

I believe it’s time to rethink that view.  To be a truly effective leader, you need to develop a full suite of both leadership AND management skills. 

Leadership is the act of setting a vision and then bringing people along with you to achieve it.  It encapsulates empathy, courage, humility and integrity.  Management is about planning, directing, organizing, and monitoring to ensure things go well.  It requires competence, diligence, and discipline.   

Leadership and management are what a good leader DOES.  One without the other is ineffective at best and dangerous at worst.  A quick history lesson can illustrate this point.*

It’s almost Memorial Day in the US.  For those that may not be familiar with it, this holiday began as a way to remember the service members killed in the US Civil War (1861-65), the bloodiest and most transformational war in this nation’s history.  And while we probably spend too much time scouring history’s battlefields trying to understand what makes a great leader, there are some broad parallels between their period and ours that merit a deeper look.


Key areas explored include:

  • The leadership of General George McClellan
  • The danger of arrogance
  • The successful leadership of Ulysses S. Grant


Read the full article, Leadership and Management – you need them both, on LinkedIn.