Some leaders move away from threats while others move towards opportunities. There is a time for both actions, but at certain levels in the organization, the leader may achieve success by concentrating on the former. This can be problematic – for often this person, by virtue of their success, is elevated to the top position.
At the top, the leader will only achieve success by concentrating on the latter – they must move towards opportunities. Indeed, moving away from the wrong place does not get you necessarily into the right place. Moving “away” is valuable in so much as it enables you to move “towards.”