Leadership Is Not About How It Looks

It’s often said there is no guarantee that a standout performer will make a good manager. Leading a team requires a different set of skills than being a leading producer on a team. Karen Dillon, a former editor of Harvard Business Review, says she learned this the hard way when she was promoted into a management position soon after landing a new job. Dillon says she was almost apologetic for landing the leadership role, which came at a time when her team was tackling a complex, first-time project. Wanting to impress her boss with her handling of the project, Dillon says her immediate instinct was to place everything on her shoulders. “I worked longer hours and assigned myself all the