We need fewer leaders, better managers (Guest commentary)

Management allows a vision to become reality
By Rebecca Schalm
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 12/09/2009

Global financial crises, flu pandemics, unwinnable wars, corrupt and failing mega-corporations — we’ve all seen these seemingly intractable problems laid at the doorstep of poor leadership.

But business and management guru Henry Mintzberg, a Cleghorn professor of management studies at McGill University in Montreal, has a different take on the issue. During a recent interview, he argued we are asking for trouble because of our penchant for separating “leaders” from “managers” and placing leadership in a superior role over management.

I agree. We are suffering, I believe, not from a lack of leadership but from an absence of good management.