One of the differences between a manager and a leader is that a manager is tasked with maintaining the status whereas a leader’s job is to chart a new vision for the team.
The manager follows the policy, the leader creates the policy.
The manager ensures the status-quo, the leader creates the status-quo.
The leader pioneers a new path, the manager ensure that we follow the proven path.
The leader creates, the manager maintains.
Can you imagine what happens when a manager is given a leadership role?
Are you lead by manager at work?
The danger when someone with the mindset of a manager is given a leadership role is that instead of creating new path to lead us, they instead keep us on the same position that they have been managing forever.
Leadership is about taking people from one position to another.
This talks to vision.
As you put on your leadership hat, it is vital you ask yourself: “What could this person be 5 or 10 years from now? And, what can I do to help this person be that best version of themselves?”
The role of a leader is to create more leaders, not followers.
If you are threatened by the talent of people you are leading, then you are not leading them, but you are maintaining them.
As you lead people, you have to imagine what might happen if all their hidden potential was harnessed.
Your 21 year old analyst, in your eyes, shouldn’t be a 21 year old intern who doesn’t know how to do the basic things right.
Your imagination must work hard to transform that 21 year old into a seasoned professional who is working her ass off to make a difference while living her life in a way that she describes as fulfilling.
Seeing people in such light will transform both your relationship with her and how you treat her.
You will still push her to deliver quality work on that next deadline. But, you will also engage her in discussions about her future and pull her into interesting discussions that are well above what she might think she is ready for.
Manage people for who they are. Lead them imagining what they could be.
This is hard to do because it often does not feel like it is paying off for the longest time.
Until it does.
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Take one intentional step today that will stretch you, challenge you, and make you a different person tomorrow.
If it scares you, it might be a good thing to try.