I’ve been reflecting about the folks that I have worked for in the past. In doing so, I created two categories within which they had a tendency to fall: manager and leader. Of course, none of them were simply one or the other. In truth, they each fell somewhere on the manager – leader continuum, but for the sake of discussion, I offer the following distinctions:
- maintain the status quo.
- create efficiencies to cut.
- look at change and ask, “why?”
- enjoy positional power.
- build consensus before making decisions.
- rarely receive pushback… and like it that way
- challenge the status quo.
- create efficiencies to promote growth.
- look at change and ask, “what do you need?”
- empower others.
- make decisions then build consensus.
- often receive pushback… and pushes back appropriately.
What am I missing? Are you a manager or a leader?