For years I've mused at the fact that, especially in academia, good administrators often get promoted to leadership positions (e.g., department chairs, Deans, etc...). The problem is that administrators often aren't good leaders.
They don't tend to be risk takers. They tend to be good managers (not necessarily good human managers, but good systems managers). They are good at setting up systems. They are good about setting up processes. They tend to be good bureaucrats.
You need these people or an organization won't be able to grow. Without someone with these gifts, an organization will waste massive amounts of time in inefficiency. However, the irony is that, if they are the ones making the decisions, an organization can soon become encumbered with red tape and get bogged down.
Places become drudgery to work at. In leadership, what was originally a breath of fresh air (because of how much work they are saving) eventually turns to the dark side and they gunk up the works and an organization begins the downward part of its cycle.
I think most people are on a spectrum between massive administrator and entrepreneurial leader. There are a few people who are both. Joel Green, who used to be Provost at Asbury, comes to mind. He could do it all. Most of us are probably somewhere in the middle. But we can picture the stereotypical bureaucrat and the stereotypical disorganized visionary.
What I've observed can happen in academia and in church organizations is that often those who are most visionary don't want leadership positions because of the administrative work. Meanwhile, those who like administration take those positions and then the organization becomes stale. You end up with visionless people making the key decisions.
I think an effective organization will have just the right mix of both at the right times. The goal is for strategic visionaries to make decisions informed and supported by gifted administrators. The visionaries have to let the administrators bring efficiencies, and the administrators need to let the strategists make the decisions.
The top leader of the organization, I believe, should always be a strategic type person, not a stereotypical administrative type. We have this now in the Wesleyan Church with Joanne Lyon, for example.
My two cents...