Leadership Assessment – 8th Post: Play Chess, Not Checkers

The role of a leader is to take one person’s particular talent and turn that talent into performance. In simple terms, a good leader plays checkers. In checkers, there’s some strategy required but essentially all the pieces look alike and move the same way on the board. Now, a great leader? A great leader plays chess. They recognize that each piece on the board is different you cannot play the game, much less win the game, if you do not appreciate, leverage and deploy each of the pieces in their own unique and individual way. Good managers play checkers, great managers play chess.
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