people_vs_taskThere is a tension between people and task.

If you are too concerned about people you may not get the task done.

If you are too concerned about the task you may end up hurting people.

Task persons may be less concerned about people.  People are secondary to the task.  Henry Ford and Steve Jobs both leaned this way.

People persons may be less concerned about the task.  People are humans primary regarding the task.  Martin Luther King, Jr. and Cesar Chavez leaned this way.

Successful leaders hold on to the tension between task and people. They get good at working within the dilemma and the tug-of-war. They are respectful of both and try not to shortcut either.

Balancing is tough. King, Jobs, Chavez, and Ford got that.

Which way do you tend to go regarding people and task? Please email me your thoughts.