It's pretty funny what people construe "leadership" to mean. One of my former bosses at the F and I had a little tête-à-tête, and not of the friendly variety. For my part, I found working for her to be problematic and more about style than substance, as she was of the ticket-punching variety. On her side, she viewed me as being far too assertive and interested only in accomplishing the mission, i.e., getting results. Because of that, she tried to have me fired... twice. When I heard her admit to that (and I already knew about it, because the Sr VP she was counting on to back her up actually told her she was crazy and wrote her up himself then ran and told me all about it), I giggled like a school girl and said, "So you failed at that too, huh? See, you do suck as a boss--not only can you not manage down, you can't manage up." It's funny to me how some folks who are pushed into a leadership position automatically presume that things need to be changed, that the current set of circumstances are some inefficient and breaking down. There's always room for improvement, but converting a work environment to a personal fiefdom is simply retarded. Not only will the rest of the organization not get it and find it incredibly cumbersome to work with, but it sets up the department or division in question for single-point decision making: from the leader of the element. That sounds great, but even in the military--an organization most folks would agree is hardly flexible when it comes to the spirit of command--delegation is essential. There are a million things leaders don't need to deal with, and when they inject themselves into those particular engagements, operations slow and become even more inefficient. I mean, listen--even Harvey Weinstein, a known neurotic boss who loves being involved and being glorified, doesn't run around telling directors how to make their movies. He just outlines the big arcs and steps away until he gets a rough cut to review, and then he goes to town. The most successful leaders manage success by inspiring and setting a good example. Those who try to bully and cajole employees into doing their bidding are almost always destined for failure, like my former boss. She's no longer heading up a 15 person division, she's leading a one person division, well out of sight and unable to get face time with the executive leadership. Guess her style of leadership led her to where she really needs to be.