My friend, Steve recently had some excellent things to say about what he termed visionary leaders vs. functional leaders. He says it much better than I, so with his permission, here are his exact words:
- In all organizations you have visionary leaders and functional leaders. Functional leaders are the people who work up in the system and know how to get the job done. Visionary leaders are the risk takers. They are the ones leading the way, casting a bigger direction, vision, dream, challenge, etc. for the entire group. The problem with so many organizations is that they have functional leaders in visionary leadership positions. Functional leaders will promote those who operate on their level, while visionary leaders will develop the potential in their staff. Visionary leaders can motivate and inspire people to accept the challenge, to follow them to the next level, to think out of the box, and so on.