Are You a Manager -- or a Leader?
Leadership talent -- you either have it or you don't, right? Wrong. You can acquire and strengthen leadership skills. But first, understand how they differ from management skills.
Management is all about bringing order and predictability so an organization can cope with complexity. Leadership is about helping people cope with rapid change. For example, if your change initiative is encountering major resistance, don't focus on controlling employees' activities and solving problems to enable people to complete routine jobs every day. That's management. Instead, concentrate on motivating and inspiring; for instance, by pushing responsibility down to teams. You'll stir up feelings of belonging and self-esteem--essential for people to embrace needed change.
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Posted by: Philip Eastman | September 21, 2008 7:29 AM
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