Article originally published in the Philadelphia Business Journal on July 22, 2014
Much has been written about what makes an effective leader, and the difference between leaders and managers. Most leaders are also managers, but not all managers are leaders. “Manager” is a job title. You earn the title “leader” from the people you lead.
I have worked for some very effective leaders who have inspired me and my colleagues to achieve beyond expectations. I have also worked for so-called leaders who were not very effective. I have learned much from both. Thinking about my experiences, effective leaders have the following characteristics.
Effective leaders have a vision of what they want their company, their institution or their organization to become, and have a strategic sense of how to get there. They communicate with everyone within their organization about the vision, and the role of each individual in achieving that vision.