Why Authors of Great Leadership Books do not Always become Great Leaders ? The question was posted that way on LinkedIn by Atul Gupta and the responses were interesting.
I commented and here’s what I said:
Why are great coaches not always great players? Some highly successful coaches had successful pro careers (Tony Dungy comes quickly to mind). Other great coaches either didn’t play or were undistinguished. The key: coaching requires a different skill set. Knowledge of the game is essential and experience very helpful but neither are enough. Coaching requires additional skills. As an author I have always attempted to write based on my experiences as a leadership practitioner as well as my work with other leaders, but I have gained great insights from authors who studied leadership and extracted lessons soley from observation. Not all authors can lead nor can all leaders write books; John Gardner did both (check out his book “On Leadership.”)