Leadership as an art. What’s 'right' gives way to what works; who’s 'in charge' gives way to who’s committed.
So many 'leaders' seem to have characteristics quite the opposite of the what the title suggests. Many seem subservient, acquiescing conformists. Self interested career seekers wilfully complicit in maintaining the status quo. Compliant.
In England the regulators of children's and adults health, social care and education all grade services from inadequate through to outstanding. Outstanding is an amorphous rating in that there is no agreed criteria for what it looks like. What there is though is an emphasis on innovative practice. To be outstanding you need to be innovative.
Conformists are perhaps unlikely to be innovators. They are though good at dodging bullets and taking credit when its given once the dust has settled.
In the meantime what's 'right' gives way to what works; who’s 'in charge' gives way to who’s committed. An so it goes on...