Art AND Science
Leadership isn’t as simple as some would like to make it. It’s almost as if there is an art AND a science to it. There are facts that are true about leadership. Anyone can learn those facts from reading any one of the thousands of books written on the subject. That’s the science of it. However, it takes a certain understanding of the nuances of human nature to be able to apply the facts all the leadership authors write about. An aspiring leader can be factually correct about a leadership principle but technically wrong in how they are applying it to their team. Leaders must know when to act and when to wait. This takes as much time and practice as any other art requires. Science need only be studied but art requires the technical skill of a practiced hand. The art of leadership is not different.