As a business owner and leader, I believe that coming to the realization that it is not always about YOU propels individuals to higher levels of success, both in business and in their personal lives. To be driven to action, guided by a genuine determination to do right and to look out for the interest of others is what separates leaders from everyone else.
Managers vs Leaders is a sensitive topic. I believe that in order to be an effective manager and run a successful department, you need to be a great leader. On the other hand, to be a great leader, you don't have to be a good manager. Most experienced leaders do everything to avoid falling into the 'management mode' trap. Why? Because managers are good at overlooking their subordinates, dishing out orders and constantly criticizing them – this eventually kills production, especially in network marketing, where everyone is an independent business owner.
Here are some markers for all.
- Managers focus on systems and structures, leaders focus on people. A leader’s deepest desire is to help others discover and develop themselves.
- Managers always have their eye on the bottom line, leaders have their eyes on the horizon. Leaders see further than now, they are more concerned about their long-term impact and the legacy they leave behind. Managers on the other hand are looking to achieve the company’s short-term goals. They make sure the numbers look good this month so that they can get a paycheck and hopefully a raise.
- Managers are administrators who accept the status quo, leaders are innovators who challenge the status quo. Managers seek to make sure the boss gets what he wants, using discipline as a tool. Leaders tend to open up new lines of thought and refuse to go down the path of comfort and mediocrity. Leaders are their own person.
- Managers control other employees because they are in a position of ‘authority’; leaders inspire others because they are trusted. True leadership is NEVER about a person’s position or title, it comes with a desire to inspire and do great things for a greater good.
- Managers tell you what needs to be done, when it should be done; leaders lead by example and get in the trenches with their teams. Leaders always have a clear understanding of team goals, with an astute knowledge of how things should be done.
- The Manager’s allegiance lies with the company that employs them; a leader’s is with the people he works with.
A Manager is the person responsible for planning and directing the work of a group of individuals, monitoring their work, and taking corrective action when necessary (About.com).
Leading: guide on away, direct the activity of, go at the head of, tend to a definite result; position in front (Webster’s dictionary).
Words from Peter Drucker
The leaders who work most effectively, it seems to me, never say "I" And that's not because they have trained themselves not to say "I." They don't think "I." They think "we"; they think "team." They understand their job is to make the team function. They accept responsibility and don't side-step it, but "we" gets the credit. This is what creates trust, what enables you to get the task done.
What is the manager's job? It is to direct the resources and the efforts of the business toward opportunities for economically significant results. This sounds trite — and it is.
Leaders create the most impact in society. Choose to be a leader, not a manager … and of course, don't always be a follower. I love these words by Mwai Kibaki, " Leadership is a privilege to better the lives of others. It is not an opportunity to satisfy personal greed."