During the mastermind I was conducting for a group of supervisors in a manufacturing company, the question came up, “What’s the “big deal” difference between being a manager and a leader? As long as the job gets done, what difference does it make who does it and how we get them to do it?”
I hear this question often. It’s usually from those who are relatively new to their leadership position, or who would like to be more of a leader among their team.
The first thing to understand is the difference between a leader and a manager. The dictionary defines manager as “one who handles, controls, directs, or oversees”. The definition of a leader is, “one who leads, guides, and inspires.”
A manager approach is one in which a person controls the situation, limiting the room for creative thought. A leader approach is one in which a person inspires others no matter the situation. Regardless of the type of approach you use, you are responsible for what happens with your team. So the question remains: how do YOU get YOUR team to deliver positive outcomes in a way that creates engagement, commitment, and sustainability?
Consider the following to see how effective your current approach is:
What outcomes or expectations do you have for your team?
On a scale from one to 10 how well are they achieving those outcomes?
Do your employees have a ‘let’s work together and get this done!’ attitude, an ‘I’ll do just enough to get by’ or ‘I don’t care what the rest do, I’ll make sure the boss knows I’m the best.’
On a scale of one (don’t really want to go) to 10 (can’t wait to get to work), how do you currently feel in the mornings?
What would have to change to make you eager to head out to work in the morning?
At the end of the day, what makes you feel the day has been successful?
How often do you feel your day was successful?
Is it easier to direct and control what happens, or to have enthusiastic employees who have been inspired to be productive and successful?
If you struggle to find the answers to the above questions or the answers have created a sense of discomfort for you, Joy can help! If you feel you need help developing or enhancing your leadership skills, Joy can help you create the success you deserve!