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Leader or Manager or Both

Leader or Manager or Both

Leader or Manager or Both

We had a saying when I was in the service, “What the Air Force needed was more leaders, and what the Army needed was more managers.” The joke was every officer and noncom in the Army considered themselves a leader, while every officer and noncom in the Air Force considered themselves a manager.

Is there a difference between a leader or manager? Absolutely, there’s a big difference between the two. Over the next couple weeks we’ll look at that difference and see how it impacts your business.

Leaders lead people and managers manage things. People versus things is the big difference between leading and managing. As a good friend of mine puts it, “No one ever managed themselves out of a crisis.” It takes leadership, leaders to get out of a crisis, not bean counters.

How to Know the Difference

As I mentioned we manage things. Work schedules, benefit packages, training programs are all part of management. All necessary to any business. However, plugging a name into a schedule or designing one size fits all benefit packages isn’t leading.

Leading is knowing your people, their needs, wants, desires. Leading is knowing what makes them tick and being the leader who inspires them to achieve more.

Leader Versus Manager Quiz

Here are a couple of questions to ask yourself about your people. We’ll address the answers to this quiz next week. Try to be as honest as you can as you go through the questions.

  1. How many people do you personally supervise?
  2. What is the first name of each of the people you personally supervise?
  3. What are their last names?
  4. What are their partner or spouses names?
  5. How long has the person you supervised worked for you?
  6. What month was that person born?
  7. What does that person hope to achieve working for you?
  8. Does this person have any children or grandchildren?

Think about these questions over the next week and we’ll discuss why knowing the answers is important to you and your business. Until next week.

Here’s to your success.

Keith is the resident writer and troublemaker at Empowered Pros.
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