01 Jul 2014
Take the Best Route from Management to Leadership

Take the Best Route from Management to Leadership

“How does a manager become a leader?” you ask. This is one of the most important questions in all of business.

What the work world needs today are more leaders who can take charge in a strategic way and help everyone in the company have a “go for it and grow from it” mind set.

Here are some vital differences:
Management: Tell and Do…………………………….Leadership: Ask and Advise
Management: Transactional………………………….Leadership: Strategic
Management: Complete the Goal…………………….Leadership: Maintain the Vision
Management: Control…………………………………Leadership: Connect
Management: Do What I Say…………………………..Leadership: We’re in It Together
So, what happens when a manager becomes a leader? There is an in-between time that is both energizing as well as challenging. Stan is a perfect example. When he was promoted to vice president of operations he knew he had to make some basic changes to the way he responded to his team.

He was on a high speed highway in a shiny vehicle with brand new tires! And he was raring to go!

He had his checklist: moving from control to passion, objectives to vision, stability to change, results to achievement, planning details to setting direction, short term to long term thinking.

And then…………………….There was that day he knew leadership demanded more. It was at a meeting where concerns and complaints were as abundant as a tropical summer downpour. Initially he went to his knee-jerk behavior of shutting down the discussion. He hated conflict and had a pattern of being a lifelong avoider. He was comfortable in the world of right and wrong, pointing the finger of blame and moving on.

He knew he was being tested and realized that leading by example was more important than staying above the fray. He stopped the flurry of conversation and shared his truth, that when conflict showed itself he tended to retreat, to be wary, to defend, blame and justify.

He sat ramrod straight in his chair and felt the perspiration dampen his shirt.

There was a period of uncomfortable silence. And then a team member simply said “thank you.” The meeting tone began to shift and soon there were creative ideas on how to move forward. They were planning strategically to forge a future based on honest communication.

THE LEARNING: LEADERSHIP IS A COMBINATION OF INSPIRATION AND PERSPIRATION.

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