Robert E. Wood
To all the self-proclaimed “Leadership Gurus,” and there’s a lot of you, that I can tell you. My wish is that you would learn to differentiate leaders from “Managers in Disguise” as leaders. This action will further solidify your must have “Guru” status. Understand, leaders aren’t the source of dysfunction and chaos, it’s the managers in disguise as leaders who are in positions of authority and are lacking the will, desire, and skills needed to be in the leadership position those are the issues here. Not all managers can lead but all leaders can manage. The world needs the words leader and leadership to mean something special, so I’m asking you to stop giving leaders a bad name and begin respecting their use in your communications (Verbal and Written.)
This little act of kindness will put greater emphasis on the acceptance criteria necessary for those positions of authority that drive the business’s direction and have the ability to positively influence many employees. Being “Leadership Gurus” and all, you should already know that having “Managers in Disguise” at the top of the organizational chart is the reason leadership books are written in the first place. We write these books in an attempt to help organizations see the errors of their ways and offer guidance to help them succeed.
Unlike leaders, managers don’t willingly study subjects such as commitment, accountability, culture change and the principles of leadership; I bet they study business management, not people management. I choose my words carefully when writing about managers and leaders because they both have a place and the need for them both to be in their proper place has never been more important than now. Not having the right people in the right places is the main reason for most of the dysfunction (indirect costs) an organization assumes in the first place. So I ask you please, use your words carefully so as not to take away the value of any one position. For “Gurus” who need more uncommon common sense leadership, visit http://www.leadersindisgust.com/ or follow me on Twitter at #leadersndisgust and feel free to expand your knowledge of this subject at no charge. All I request is action on your part.