A direction could be collaboration. A leader may decide the organization needs a culture of collaboration, instead of say, a culture of command and control…. It’s up to the management team to decide what to do to take the organization in that direction and it’s up to the middle management to decide how to do it.
Leadership is about listening and choosing a direction for the organization. The leader’s team makes the changes with doses of support from the leader to help the team be more effective.