As part of our ambition to have others decide for us, we defer to so-called 'leaders' in our organizations. We want them to make the big, tough decisions, and will tolerate the higher pay and prestige they often get. We also expect them to take the fall if decisions go bad (though often it does not work out that way).
Leaders come in two basic flavors: 'appointed' ones, who lead by way of authority, and 'earned' ones, who could be anyone who acts in ways that I call 'leaderly.'
McGill business school professor, Henry Mintzberg, "has launched his latest attack on his own profession of management scholars by denouncing the teaching of leadership, the latest business school trend."
...decries “managers who sit on “top”, pronouncing their great visions grand strategies, and abstract performance standards.” Good management and leadership, he argues, cannot be separated. “Does anyone want to work for a manager who lacks the qualities of leadership?...Well, how about a leader that doesn’t practice management?”
I believe that leadership is something each of us practices to a varying extent. It should not be the job description of a select few.
Financial Times article