Something like a coach in sports

By Bob Glazer via flipboard.com   Article

How to Lead Versus Manage, to Improve Your Team’s Success

“It takes great leaders and talent to grow a successful company. One of the best descriptions of a leader I’ve heard is that leaders focus on vision and strategy, guiding and removing obstacles for their teams — something like a coach in sports.

Managers typically focus more on the execution piece, working in the business. By contrast, real leadership means providing a compelling vision and clear direction. Successful leaders clarify priorities and expectations, defining employee roles and ensuring that the processes and capacity required for them to execute are in place.

The stance from which you lead makes a big difference in your employees’ job satisfaction. To engage your workers today, focus more on leading instead of managing. I’ve found that most employees are looking for coaches who can help them develop and make the most of their strengths, to add value for the company. This is especially true when it comes to millennials, the largest generation in the workforce.

Leading a productive team entails letting go of daily operations to focus on setting a clear strategy and vision — the ‘why’ and ‘what’ — and getting comfortable leaving your team to manage the ‘how.’ This can be a serious challenge if you’re accustomed to spending most of your time triaging problems, putting out fires and managing from a reactive standpoint.”

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