A competent manager can bring order out of chaos, get all personnel moving in the same direction, and significantly reduce the waste associated with administration, sales, and production. But managers aren't leaders. Leadership is a characteristic that is created by a person's integration of his or her experiences and education, and the innate or learned ability to accurately interpret what's happening in the world. There's a great deal of talk about the problems facing the domestic automobile manufacturers in the US -- the famous Big Three. Almost no one mentions leadership. US automotive manufacturing has many skilled managers, but leaders? If the Big Three really want to find their way out of the situation they are in now, they will need leaders.