Are You a Leader or a Manager?
Counting value vs Creating value.
If you are a manager, you're probably counting value, not adding it. You might even reduce value by disabling those who add value. If the manager is constantly asking for updates on the employee's progress every 15 minutes, the manager is most likely reducing the value of the employee- reducing work production, morale and respect.
By contrast, leaders focuses on creating value, saying: “I’d like you to handle A while I deal with B.” He or she adds value over and above what the team creates. Leading by example and leading by enabling people are the hallmarks of action-based leadership, or mentorship- the buzzword in 2015.
Mentorship offers a host of amazing benefits. A good mentor is wise and willing to share his or her knowledge and experiences in order to help you succeed. It’s like having a wonderful trusted ally to go to whenever you’re feeling unsure or in need of support. They can help you set and achieve goals, make smart business decisions, overcome work place challenges, learn new skills or simply offer an outside perspective when you’re facing frustrations in the workplace. The benefits are truly endless.
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 quickest way to figure out which of the two you’re doing is to count the number of people outside your own department who come to you for advice. The more that do, the more likely it is that you are perceived to be a leader.
Circle of Power= what you have control over by your title/job description
Circle of Influence= what you affect due to your style and active leadership qualities
Leading people vs Managing work.
Management consists of controlling a group or a set of entities to accomplish a goal. Managers monitor employees progress, often focusing on the tasks rather than the person doing the work. Managers are not engaged in the most important commodity in the organization- their employees.
Leaders have the ability to influence, motivate, and enable others to contribute toward organizational success. Influence and inspiration separate leaders from managers, not power and control. They Develop, Educate, Empower and Deploy the employee to greatness. Leaders who are mentors are not afraid to mentor themselves out of one position and into another.
What type of leader are you? What type of leader do you want? I firmly believe the new generation graduating and entering the workforce, need mentors more than ever before. Family structures have changed; teachers are forced to take less interest in the student and more interest the lesson; role models have been reduced to the likes of Lebron James or Kanye West (instead of The Lone Ranger or Bob Hope). As with the times, we as leaders must change some workplace ethics ( jeans instead of suits, TV/PS4 in break room etc), but we also have a great responsibility to mentor young college graduates with work ethics- reliability, dedication, productivity, cooperation and character.
Being a leader is a gift. Use it wisely.