Friday, August 24, 2012

The Dichotomy of Leadership

Yesterday's presentation by Dr. Tim Clark at the annual joint event sponsored by four entrepreneur and business-centric groups in Utah highlighted one of the greatest challenges of leadership, and really why many struggle to be great leaders. You can read the twitter feed under hashtag UVEF, or #UVEF.

Among other things, according to Dr. Clark, identified the two main jobs of leaders. Job #1 is to maintain the status quo, keep everything running smoothly, and maintain the existing business. Job #2, on the other hand, is to disturb the status quo, to push the organization to new, innovative levels. Finding people that are good at just one or the other is tough enough, but someone who can prioritize and fulfill both roles are the leaders who have the greatest impact and add the most value.