You will all be aware that we are celebrating our 75th anniversary of striving to inspire ‘great leadership, everywhere’, and we are, of course, extremely proud of what has been achieved over these years.

I was therefore interested to read a recent article by Detert, J. (2022)* et al that suggests there is currently an obsession with visionary, inspirational leadership at the expense of good management practices and everyday management skills.

That is, management and management practices have been devalued by this obsession with leadership, even though management is “incredibly difficult and valuable” and vital in these times of disruption and crisis.

Do we, as the writers suggest, need to save management from our obsession with leadership?

*Saving Management From Our Obsession With Leadership (mit.edu)