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So many of the daily chores of a manager fall under the roles of consultant, administrator, and cop that it is easy to overlook the leadership role of visionary. People want to know where the team is headed and that it will be worth the trip. The visionary role is easily mocked - its insights hardly come from a mountaintop - but teams have a tangible need for someone who can make a convincing case that he or she has a strong grip on the reality of the moment and knows how to master it.
The consultant, administrator, and cop roles are important but, as the saying goes, it does you no good to run if you're on the wrong road.