In any organisation, we often find a mismatch of people taking roles between leaders and followers.
- A leader is someone who may be a department head, or an equivalent role where they lead a team of executives.
- A follower is someone who may be an executive role, or an equivalent role where they will work with their peers in a team.
So, are you doing the right thing? Or are you doing things right?
According to Peter Drucker,
Leadership is all about doing the right thing, while management is all about doing things right.
According to John Tabita,
Tactical thinking is “doing things right,” while Strategic thinking is “doing the right things.” Strategic thinking is typically leadership: creating the vision. Whereas Tactical thinking is management: implementing the vision.
According to an online anonymous,
Efficiency: Doing things right. Effectiveness: Doing the right things.
According to another online anonymous,
Doing things right – that is taking appropriate steps in order to achieve the required objective.
Doing the right things – that are good for the organization as well as for the people.
Probably it is better to say “Doing the right things right”.
Yet another online anonymous,
Doing the right things: Taking the right decisions
Doing things right: Correctly applying what has been decided
Doing the right thing necessitates leadership competencies as he decides on the most appropriate things for strategic success, and his team members are doing things right in executing the leader’s vision using right tactics as per the action plans.
It can be disastrous when a person becomes a leader when he is not doing the right things. He will be drifting around by other leaders, doing things right or even to follow instructions blindly.
However, it can be beneficial when a follower is doing right things because he will not be following instructions blindly that makes his internal and customers happy.
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