chapter  7
Distinguishing and Unifying Visionary Leadership and Mechanical Management
ByW. Andy Knight
Pages 14

Traditionally, political leadership and business management have been conceptually and practically separated. Recently, however, there has been a tendency both in the organizational theory literature and in praxis to try to unite leadership and management in the same person, while, paradoxically, stressing the differences of the two roles, at least at lower levels of organizational dynamics. Barbara Kellerman, as well as other scholars, has put forward a notion of the managerial leader that would integrate political leadership and business management at the highest organizational levels (Kellerman 1999, 1). The stress in the Kellerman approach is that both activities and roles at their best have synergistic potential, as the public and private sectors (or public/private partnerships) adapt in response to a globalizing, high-technology world.