Manager or Leader: What Are The Seperators

Having the title “manager” doesn’t automatically make a person a leader. There are plenty of examples of managers who don’t know how to lead. Leaders inspire greatness from their team members. A leader serves as a mentor for employees to keep learning and improving on skill sets. A manager is someone who is in charge of a certain group of tasks and people within a company. Big difference.

Being a leader is as much about listening and learning as it directing people. All great leaders are great active listeners. They have to be in order to truly find out what makes people click. It’s not about intelligence with leaders; it’s about identifying a problem and taking responsibility to fix it.

If you are unsure if a manager is a leader, there are a few you should ask in your evaluation of them.

Do they micromanage?
Lots of people get thrown into management positions they simply are not prepared to take, or even qualified for. As a response to not knowing what to do, they hover over their team members as they do their jobs. This can be overbearing and oppressive to the team. These types of managers may not have had the proper training or may be working without the support of senior management. One of the easiest ways to identify a manager who doesn’t understand leadership is to see how they interact with their boss. A leader leads with honesty and integrity. Poor managers tell their bosses whatever they think their boss wants to hear.

Who is all about?
Poor managers like to boss people around in an effort to show authority. They also like to create and implement new rules and restrictions, which only slows down their team’s progress. Conversely, a leader trusts their team and encourages them in their performance through honesty and open communication. A leader is not afraid to delegate in an effort to capitalize on the strength of their team and capitalize on them. This not only shows trust to team members, but also allows the team to experience professional growth.

What are the reasons behind their decisions?
Leaders make decisions. Managers execute those decisions.
Leaders are regularly called upon to make decisions that impact the direction of an organization and the people in it. Employees will follow a person who considers all factors before making a decision that is based on the good of the organization. A poor manager tends to make hasty decisions with evaluating all necessary factors or considering input from others.

A conscientious leader is an organized, thoughtful, forward-thinking individual who has the best interests of the organization. If you want to be sure your leaders have the best interest of your business mind and aren’t simply managing your employees, call me for a free consultation and business assessment.

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