Title, office location or size, number of direct reports and not even hiring and firing authority guarantees that one is a leader. The greatest leaders we encounter are not defined by trappings. This reality often hits hard at the peak of disruption or crisis, when what is needed is leaders who have what it takes to motivate and inspire the action necessary survive and thrive.

At least part of the issue we wrestle with is mistaking what it takes to effectively manage processes, operations and daily commotion for the ability to see consequential change on the horizon, and bring leadership to critical moments that will shape the future. In this article posted on forbes.com we examine the difference.