Management is different to being a practitioner. A gifted teacher doesn’t necessarily make a good manager, nor does a social worker, solicited, accountant, or housing officer. And yet most LA chief executives come from one of these professional back grounds. To continue the footballing analogy, to be an effective manager you need to know the game but the skills required are different to those of a player. Your skill with the ball won’t help you balance the budget, your ability to sidestep a tackle won’t win an argument in the boardroom and your job security is dependent on the league table not your popularity in the dressing room.
Blair Mcpherson www.blairmcpherson.co.uk