A couple of months ago I made a presentation to a group of managers on a variety of topics including my observations as both a consultant and CEO on leadership. Here are the couple of slides I used.
A couple of thoughts: 1) re leadership can happen anywhere in an organization - thank goodness - some of the worst leaders have the biggest titles; some of the best leaders have crappy titles - and a gang of loyal followers. A leader isn't a leader without followers. 2) Ego kills. Ego will overcome intelligence every day of the week. The root of every well orchestrated failure I've observed was someone with a big title who thought they were smarter than the world. They never are.