|Your Success Thought for the Week of August 12, 2009
|Are You A Manager or A Leader?
A conversation I often have with clients is about whether
they are a leader or a manager. A
dramatic difference exists between the functions and results of these two important
Leaders have certain qualities that make people want to
trust and follow them. Managers know their job well and get what needs to be
Seth Godin explores this concept in his newest book, Tribes.
In a classic I Love Lucy episode, Lucy and Ethel are
working on a candy assembly line. As the
candies come faster and faster, the two of them panic, stuffing truffles into
their mouths to keep up with the onslaught.
They had a management problem.
Management is about manipulating resources to get a known
job done. Burger King hires
managers. They know exactly what they
need to do to deliver and they are given resources to do it at low cost.
Managers manage a process they've seen before.
Leadership is about creating change that you believe in.
Managers have employees.
Leaders have followers.
Managers make widgets.
Ah, then leadership is about change, doing things better
tomorrow than today. People say they
fear change, yet my experience is that on some level they also crave it. Why
complain about something unless you want to change it?
Leadership is also about holding a vision of just how
great things can get and pulling the right people together to orchestrate their
It's about flexibility to move with the waves of change
occurring around them so nothing becomes stagnant. Dancing with change is an
exciting aspect of leadership; managers may look at change as drudgery.
Leadership is about the perfect blend of passion and
curiosity. Great leaders have a passion
for both those whom they lead and for where they are going.
Leaders also have a continuous curiosity about slight
adjustments that result in huge gains.
Managers, while very efficient in their roles, often lack
the insight, passion, curiosity and vision that strong leaders possess
My question to you: are leading or managing your
life. How do the results you attain
reflect this your role? What, if
anything, would you like to change?
We can't all be leaders all of the time.
Your key is to not simply fall into one of these
but to intentionally create the most suitable role
for the results you desire.
Enjoy your discoveries and
have a grand week!|
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