Effective leaders have a distinct ability to view the panorama and not just the particular. Indeed, they use the particular to better understand the panorama.
People in authority, who are not true leaders, are always focused on the particular. Much of the literature on management is focused on the particular. Indeed, some of the best writing about execution drills down into the sequencing of the particular.
The leader cannot avoid the particular. Indeed, without the particular, the leader cannot grasp the panorama. However, the effective leader brings to an organization more than a view of the future; he brings a view of the whole.