Jim Collins, Stephen Drotter, John Maxwell and others have all written about the various levels of leadership.
At the Executive level you are expected to “build enduring greatness through a paradoxical blend of personal humility and professional will” (Jim Collins). You need to be charismatic, modest, wise, self controlled yet determined, diligent, have exceedingly high integrity and an ambition that is for the business, not yourself. This takes time, focus and effort.
Below the Executive are Effective Leaders who “catalyse commitment to and vigorous pursuit of a clear and compelling vision, stimulating higher performance standards” and then the Competent Managers who “organize people and resources toward the effective and efficient pursuit of predetermined objectives.” (Jim Collins)
Each of these levels of leadership has specific competence requirements that are different from the next and often the lines become blurred unless the necessary focus is given. This is where the coaching process can assist.
Effective leaders and competent managers are covered on the Operational page.