Do You Over-Manage and Under-Lead?

December 28, 2017

Managers and leaders are two different animals, but every organization has both.

If you want to see better results in your business, train all your managers to step out of their current roles and into a leadership mindset. Check the list below to see how your people measure up on the leadership scale:

Managers… Leaders…
Believe they must catch people doing             something wrong.                                                      Catch people doing things right.
Generate laws that create more need for cops.        Create a culture that controls behavior.
Provide instructions. Provide vision.
Focus on the short term. Envision the future.
Control others. Control themselves.
Talk. Listen.
Make decisions. Influence decisions.
Believe their job is to maintain the status quo.      Change the status quo so that there is continuous improvement.
Focus on how things happen. Pay attention to what is happening.
Take. Give.
Believe they’re masters. Believe they’re servants.
Take power, credit and control. Empower, give credit and avoid controlling.

“Don’t tell people how to do things, tell them what to do and let them surprise you with their results.”

– Gen. George S. Patton


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