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HC Online | 30 Apr 2013, 12:00 AM Agree 0
Are you being dazzled by results in the ‘here and now’, instead of looking at longer term leadership potential? It’s not always the shining starts who have the most potential.
  • Dr Tim Baker | 30 Apr 2013, 04:10 PM Agree 0
    The article is a good reminder that leaders should not necessarily be chosen on the basis of superior technical skills. The skills of leading are more often than not a different skills-set to the technical skills required.

    On the other hand, without some good technical know-how, the leader is not likely to be respected by his or her peers.

    The ideal arrangement is for an organisation to have two career paths. One path is for those who aspire and have the aptitude to lead and the other for those to grow and develop their technical skills.

    The problem is: there is usually only one pathway; and that is the managerial route. Consequently, we get the wrong people in management and at the same time lose valuable technical capacity.
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