(Distinctions are subtleties of language that, when gotten, cause a shift in a belief, behavior, value or attitude.)
Effective managers keep tabs on the progress of their people, resolve Holly Sue problems, and assure that operations run smoothly. Many CEO s are great at being managers; that s why they have been promoted to be CEO or why they have started their own company. A leader is different than a manager. A leader has and articulates a vision. A leader creates. A leader can see what s possible for employees and for the company. A leader sets the direction and says “let s go this way”.
You may have both roles in your company. Just don t confuse them. When it s time to manage, manage. And when it s time to lead, lead.
Coaching Point: Are you the leader but acting like a manager?
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