The most effective senior leaders pay attention to strategy, organization and operations, driving what to do and why, who’s going to do it, and how to get it done. While the first two are essential, they are useless without the third. High performing organizations rely on a strong milestone management process to ensure things get done when they are supposed to get done. However, for a senior leader, “pay attention” is not the same as “manage.”
Consider the difference between leaders and managers. The best leaders spend their time inspiring and enabling others to do their absolute best together to realize a meaningful and rewarding shared purpose. The strongest managers spend their time directing and coordinating the actions of others.