More than ever business executives need to be Leaders more than Managers !
The business landscape is changing so fast and workers need to be confident in the leadership of their company. I have observed several common attributes of leaders Vs managers.
I will share several here and hope you keep them in mind when promoting personnel or hiring new personnel. One responsibility of a leader is to develop other leaders !
Several attributes of leaders I have made note of :
– Leaders focus on leading people managers focus on managing work
– Leaders have devoted followers managers have subordinates
– Leaders promote vision managers promote work objectives
– Leaders appeal more to one’s heart managers appeal more to one’s head
– Leaders take risk managers try to minimize risk
Here are a few favorite quotes on leadership .
“Management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right things.”
“Management is efficiency in climbing the ladder of success; leadership determines whether the ladder is leaning against the right wall.”
A favorite of mine from President George H.W. Bush when being challenged at a debate with his opponent stating how the country is mismanaged and this election is about better management . President Bush responded with – to the best of my recollection – “Management ensures a train runs on time, leadership determines its direction.”
I hope this helps providing direction to your career and to the careers’ of those you lead.
Don Jasensky founded Automotive Personnel, LLC in 1989.
Automotive Personnel, LLC is a national search firm that places managers and executives in automotive finance – auto dealerships and aftermarket companies.