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For over 33 years I have been involved with professional services businesses in one way or another. Writes Christopher Honeyman Brown.My experience of leadership is overwhelmingly that professional service businesses veer away from the specific development of leadership skills. Moreover, the same approach is taken to management skills and the net result is that many professional service firms fail to deliver to their true potential.

1 March 2000

For over 33 years I have been involved with professional services businesses in one way or another. Writes Christopher Honeyman Brown.My experience of leadership is overwhelmingly that professional service businesses veer away from the specific development of leadership skills. Moreover, the same approach is taken to management skills and the net result is that many professional service firms fail to deliver to their true potential.

What though is the difference between the two? Neither lends itself to a simple, trite definition that can be learned and practised. There is often confusion, with many people thinking that are the same thing or at least parts of the same - when they most definitely are not. One thing is certain - the very word "leader" gives a clue to the sense of its definition; it is about the leadership of others. My own offering for a definition is that leadership is about the inter-activity of one person on others to achieve g...

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