Quick Test: Leader vs. Manager, Which Are You?

A day in November 2001 will always be part of my memory.

I was sat in the induction session of my first ever job as a PA and Administrator for a small team. During the mid-morning break I was chatting to one of the other attendees and was asked a question –

“what do I want to achieve in my career?”

And my answer was immediate – I pointed to the person at the front as said,

“that’s what I want to do”

The lady I was talking to sat back in shock and responded with a nod and a generic comment, which I can’t recall exactly, but that basically scoffed and said ‘good luck with that, I wouldn’t want that responsibility’.

And I remember thinking, what? Yes, being that person does bring responsibility, I get that, even though I was still a little naive at that point, but being that person is also a great privilege.

Who was the person I pointed to? It was the Chief Executive. 


 

Ever since that day I have been focused on improving my leadership skills and on understanding what makes a leader a leader. I have shared many of my thoughts, my personal developments and my ideas through this blog, but one thing that I keep coming back to the difference between leaders and managers, because I believe that there is a difference.

And then yesterday, I received an e-mail from Steve Gutzler (see www.stevegutzler.com) called “Quick Test: Leader vs. Manager, Which Are You?“. And the contents resonated with me, so I have shared it below so you can exercise your leadership today too:

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Remember, leadership, titled or untitled, comes down to power with people— not power over people.

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Leader vs. Manager

  • Managers have employees and people who work for them, leaders partner with team members.
  • Managers react to change, leaders adapt to change and often create good change.
  • Managers have a lot of meetings and talk about good ideas, leaders seize and implement ideas. Leaders’ meetings are focused, purposeful, and action oriented.
  • Managers communicate policies and procedures, leaders tell stories that persuade and inspire collective vision.
  • Managers direct, tell you what to do, and where to go, leaders create cohesive teams that “take hills and conquer the impossible.”
  • Managers share what they have accomplished, leaders make heroes and shine spotlights on accomplishments of personal leaders.
  • Managers let you know “they are in charge,” leaders exercise power with people— they serve, equip, and inspire others to greatness.

I encourage you to exercise your leadership today. Be the leader you always wanted to follow. Be that leader to your family, friends, and team.

Here’s to you— and your leadership!
-Steve

You can view view Steve’s e-mail at http://us10.forward-to-friend1.com/forward/preview?u=436b5e644388884563806d88a&id=49ed85a7d6

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