When I type the word ‘leadership’ into Google, within a nanosecond my screen is full of blue headlines like:
“Study for a High Impact Leadership Course”
“Future Leaders Get Ahead Now!”
“Authentic Leadership …”
If I just search for, ‘good leader’, Google nearly explodes. But if I type in, ‘good manager’ then very little comes up, with the exception of the rather dismissive, “7 Things Great Leaders Always Do (but Mere Managers Always Fear)” – mere managers, eh?
Even when I studied for my MA, I spent a whole semester studying and writing about ‘leadership’ – though my actual degree was in ‘management’.
Why are we so obsessed with turning managers into leaders and when did this happen?