Change managers into leaders

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6 Simple Habits that Change Managers into Effective Leaders

“The debate about the difference between a manager and leader has been settled. Without question, there is a difference in both definition and behavior. Just to ensure we are on the same page, here are my favorite definitions of both in action form:

Management: The manipulation of others for your own success

Leadership: Serving and empowering the lives that have been entrusted to you

… Here are six habits that can help change managers into leaders.

1. Find a Purpose Beyond Money

… one of the best ways to make a leap towards being a leader is to find a true purpose in your work beyond money. If the only reason you go to work is for money, your people will know and you will never make the leap to serve. …

2. Decentralize Decision Making

Most people move into a position of management because they were good at their job. Typically their first actions are to solve all the worlds problems and be a major part in every decision facing the team. … The key here is to not only be ok with your people making decisions make it a core part of their job.

3. Give and Serve Outside of Work

I don’t mean to give financially, I mean give your time. Winston Churchill famously said ‘We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.’ …

4. Focus on Your Example

… Leading by example encompasses all your actions, from what time you show up at the office, how much vacation you take, what you wear, to the moral and ethical decisions you make both at work and home. …

5. Thinking You Have to Be the Hero

Like most professionals, I met my biggest weakness early on. I thought I was the only person who could do things right, and I had to have my hand in every decision. Then someone told me, ‘If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.’ …

6. Stop Making Excuses

If you habitually struggle with saying or thinking on a regular basis ‘There is never enough hours in the day’ or ‘this quarter is so important,’ stop and reflect on what you are saying. Every quarter is important and every day is important but it shouldn’t for a minute stop you from thinking critically about how you are leading other people.”

 

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