The Difference Between Managers and Leaders: Part 2

Great leaders communicate a vision that captures the imagination and fires the hearts and minds of those around them. Joseph B. Wirthlin

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A Manager

Sees a problem – Our plan didn’t work. I’ve go to fix it  before I get blamed.

A Leader

Sees an opportunity – Our plan didn’t work. Let’s put our heads together to see what we can learn from this.

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A Manager

Follows the map – Our directions are very clear. Stick to them.

A Leader

Carves new roads – If we keep going down the same road, we’ll only end up in the same place.

A Manager 

Approves – You did your job well, and on time.

A Leader 

Motivates – You know, I’ve never had to worry about you doing your job – and doing it well.

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A Manager

Establishes rules – Stick to the script. We can’t have everyone just running around doing their own thing.

A Leader

Breaks rules – What are we doing that holds people back?

A Manager

Assigns duties – I need you here at 8 am sharp. Our customers depend on us being on time.

A Leader

Fosters ideas – Customers tell me they love working with you. I’d like to show some of the others how you do that.

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A Manager

Votes with their head – This idea makes the most sense. Let’s go with that.

A Leader

Votes with their heart – This idea is interesting and gutsy. How can we implement it?

A Manager

Relies on control – My workers know the consequences if they get out of line.

A Leader

Inspires trust – My workers know I trust them to be the best they can be.

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A Manager

Does things right – Rules are rules. As much as I’d like to, I can’t make an exception.

A Leader

Does the right thing – I know what the rules say. But sometimes you just need to break them.

Question: Now that you have read these trait differences, where do you see the gap in your leadership skills? How will you bridge that gap? Please leave your comment below.

 

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