“The capacity to develop close and enduring relationships is the mark of a leader. Unfortunately, many leaders of major companies believe their job is to create the strategy, organization structure and organizational processes—then they just delegate the work to be done, remaining aloof (Dutch: afzijdig blijven) from the people doing the work.” (CEO Bill George)
Leaders who don't listen, will eventually surrounded by people who have nothing to say (Andy Stanley)
Pulitzer Prize-winning historian James MacGregor Burns formalised the idea of two distinctive approaches to management support in his 1978 text, “Leadership”. Transactional leadership focuses on supervision, organisation and performance. The focus is often on specific tasks and uses reward and punishment as a motivational technique. Transformational leadership is when "leaders and their followers raise one another to higher levels of morality and motivation."
According to Simon Sinek leadership is not about being in charge. It's about talking care of the people in your charge.
Strong leadership must have vision and creativity and, most importantly, the ability to influence others to support them in the challenges of moving an organisation into unchartered territory. Good leadership is about taking ventures forward and finding new avenues where the business can evolve and prosper.
Weak leadership is about protecting the status quo.