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Posted at 09:05 PM in Adaptability, Engagement, Leadership | Permalink
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This debate has been going on for decades, with the most popular distinction being: manage tasks, lead people.
But the difference isn’t that simple. Managers manage people to get tasks done – projects, goals or objectives that have already been agreed upon.
The word "lead" implies going somewhere new, and that to me defines the difference more clearly. Leaders take people where they haven't been before, to new levels of performance.
Both managers and leaders deal with people, and therefore need people skills. With managers, it's the one-on-one skills of coaching, mentoring and motivating.
With leaders, it's more the one-on-many skills that are needed: communicating the vision, aligning the group behind a common purpose and set of values, and inspiring commitment and team spirit.
Managers or leaders? You need both!
Posted at 09:16 PM in Leadership | Permalink
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