In order for an institution or country to flourish it requires good leadership and management.
The British Empire was successful because it had both. The leadership was decisive and the management was expert.
Leadership is about getting people to follow you.
Management is about facilitating that.
As way of illustration. If we take a military campaign.
A leader can say ‘we are going over there to take that hill’ and inspire people to follow them.
A manager will organise the best way to get everybody to the hill, the food and equipment necessary, the route to be taken and the tactics necessary to take the hill from the enemy.
It is quite apparent that a leader who is not a manager can be a total disaster. It would be the utmost act of folly to go charging off over unknown terrain to attack well entrenched positions without due consideration. No matter how fired up the troops might be they might find themselves bogged down in marshland, having to cross rivers, arriving tired, hungry and with little ammunition and throwing themselves into the jaws of well positioned machine guns.
History is littered with leaders who took their men to death.
Likewise a manager who makes all the provisions but fails to inspire the soldiers to follow, to do and die for the cause, despite all the immaculate preparation, will fail miserably.
The world is littered with leaders who are busy leading masses this way and that. We see the chanting people on the streets of Iran, the orchestrated performances in North Korea, the political rallies in America.
Do we have a leader who possesses a good clear vision and the management skills to put that vision into practice for the good of everyone?
In my view it requires teamwork and a wider vision than partisan politics.