What Do Managers Do?
A young manager accosted me the other day. Counting value vs Creating value.
Management vs. Leadership
Only managers count value; some even reduce value by disabling those who add value. If a diamond cutter is asked to report every 15 minutes how many stones he has cut, by distracting him, his boss is subtracting value.
Leading by example and leading by enabling people are the hallmarks of action-based leadership. Circles of influence vs Circles of power.
Just as managers have subordinates and leaders have followers, managers create circles of power while leaders create circles of influence.
The more that do, the more likely it is that you are perceived to be a leader. Leading people vs Managing work.
Management consists of controlling a group or a set of entities to accomplish a goal. Influence and inspiration separate leaders from managers, not power and control.
In India, M. Gandhi inspired millions of people to fight for their rights, and he walked shoulder to shoulder with them so India could achieve independence in The world needs leaders like him who can think beyond problems, have a vision, and inspire people to convert challenges into opportunities, a step at a time. I encouraged my colleague to put this theory to the test by inviting his team-mates for chats. He is the author of Employees First, Customers Second.
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