I have always been interested in the different views of leadership.
Some people believe leadership is a science and some believe it is an art. My view has always been that it is a balance of the two though I believe it is more of an art than a science.
Over the weekend whilst reading the excellent ‘Searching Issues’ by Nicky Gumbel I came across a nice and simple rule of thumb to help us differentiate between the objective (the science) and the subjective (the art). Although the book is not about leadership I think this rule can be applied to the leadership debate.
He says the scientific (objective) is about; The How? and the When?
He says the art (subjective) is about; The Why? and the Who?
I like it and if you think about it this says it all really in four words.