Was digging through my mailbox and I found this. Repost it here for good old memory sake...
In practice, leaders who are detached from the messy process of managing fail. They don't know what's going on in their organizations.
Stanford University Professor Emeritus James G. March has said "Leadership involves plumbing as well as poetry." And I couldn’t agree more having experienced this throughout my career. The devil is in the details. Great leaders fail without good management.
What distinguishes today’s successful enterprise is knowledge--such as knowledge of the customer, the suppliers, and new business ideas that could emerge from anywhere.
The challenge for leaders is managing such extended enterprises which requires breaking many of the management rules we grew up with.
Rather than top-down hierarchical processes and approaches, they need to manage and govern cross-collaboratively.
My comment: as a leader or future leader, you would need to get your hands dirty in order to do a great job. There’s a difference in those who “do the right thing” and “do the thing right”.